Eight social football teams from the capital city are expected to battle it out in the quarterfinals for the inaugural Lilongwe Golf Club (LGC) Social Soccer Bonanza scheduled for the magnificent LGC pitch this weekend.
However, eyes will be set on MPICO Social Football Club who emerged leaders of Group B during the play-offs last weekend.
MPICO were the centre of attraction during the two-day play-off games not necessarily because of their standard of play but the way the team was organised.
The team had a brand new kit labelled MPICO and brand new football boots- a feat not common with most social football teams, who prefer borrowing uniforms and boots from elite clubs.
Not just that, top management from MPICO led by Managing Director Peter DuPlessis came to the ground to give morale to the side, which won 2-0 against Bunda Socials and 1-0 against Mwazisi to reach the quarterfinals.
Amongst the top management members present at the pitch was team patron and MPICO’s Facilities/Marketing Manager Ellen Chapinduka Nyasulu who described the company’s move as part of a rebranding exercise.
“MPICO LIMITED is a well established Malawian company with assets all over the country but many people still do not know much about the company. We are currently going through a very elaborative process of
repositioning the company and one of the strategies is to participate in such social sporting events.
“Apart from the rebranding exercise, this is also one way of enhancing fitness and good health amongst our employees and breaking the organizational structure barriers to enhance team spirit,” said Nyasulu.
Other teams that have made it to the quarterfinals include hosts Lilongwe Golf Club, Mwazisi, Lee Photo Studio, Bonkiribonkiri, Bambino, ODPP and Lilongwe Water Board.
LGC operations manager Arthur Chirwa said the club intends to stage the event more often depending on the availability of sponsors.