Sports outfit Southern Region Football Association’s new sponsors Nsijjere have announced that the league champions would pocket K7.5 million for this season.
Nsejjere Country Director Jacob Chikoya disclosed at a press conference held at Chiwembe Technical and Development Centre in Blantyre on Tuesdaybut the whole package for deal is K10 million.
Chikoya said the K7-5 million for the champions would encompass K1.5 million cash prize, K1.5 million two sets of uniform and K4.5 million for merchandise for the club to sale.
“We are only sponsoring the prize money this season. We felt obliged to assist to earn something at the end of season,” Chokoya, said.
The former Basketball Association of Malawi (Basmal) Vice-President disclosed that he was impressed with the vision that the broker of the deal Super League of Malawi Treasurer Tiya Somba Banda outlined in the proposal.
He also applauded Southern Region Football Association Chairperson Raphael Humba and his committee for impressing him during the discussions.
“We were impressed with the proposal from the league which showed their vision for the development of football in the region,” he said.
“We want to create a brand and commercialise football in Malawi.”
He also clarified that the sponsors gave a consent to SRFA to break the ice over the sponsorship in their absence because they were tied up with other engagements.
“When they asked for consent to announce the sponsorship we gave them the go ahead to announce because we were busy with other important issues,” he said.
Humba applauded Nsejjere for living up to their word to officially unveil the sponsorship deal which has proved critics wrong who doubted about the deal.
“When we announced some people did not take us seriously because the sponsors were absent. Now that they have come in the open to announce they have proved the ‘doubting Thomases wrong,” he said.
Football Association of Malawi General Secretary Suzgo Nyirenda said Nsejjere has bailed the league out of its financial quagmire.
“We would like to commend Nsejjere for the sponsorship because most companies tend to go for top league leaving out the lower and grassroots leagues,” Nyirenda said.
“I would like to assure you that the association would support you by among other offer you advertising privileges such as advertising space on perimeter billboards during international games for the national teams at stadiums.”
The K10 million rescue package will also trickle down to second positioned team at K750,000, third placed team will pocket K500,000, K500,000 has gone to administration.
The league is expected to finish on March 8 having been moved backwards to pave the way for the Football Association extraordinary meeting with its affiliates on February 28.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :