Malawi champions Nyasa Big Bullets will face their Blantyre rivals Be Forward Wanderers in a derby that will be played at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe on April 9 in the inaugural Chifundo Charity Shield organised by Football Association of Malawi (FAM).
FAM president Walter Nyamilandu disclosed this at Mpira Village in Chiwembe on Monday during the official partnership signing ceremony with Malawi Blood Transfusion Services (MBTS).
Nyamilandu said they will use the inaugural Chifundo Charity Shield to mobilise the public to donate blood prior and during the match.
According to Nyamilandu, the proceeds of the match will go to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) where there is a critical shortage of patients’ trolleys and that expenses of the participating teams, in terms of accommodation and allowances, will be met by the yet to be disclosed sponsors.
“Call it Chifundo Shield Cup and we will be doing this every season, a week before kicking off the new season,” said Nyamilandu.
“Football is the biggest crowd-pulling sport, which exists not only to entertain but also help to save lives and some social challenges. Globally, it has helped to tackle critical problems such as racism, poverty and war. Why shouldn’t we use it for noble causes such as advocating blood donation in the country,” said Nyamilandu.
MBTS chief executive officer Natasha Nsamala thanked FAM for the “ life-saving initiative” initiative saying it will go a long way in achieving their target of collecting 80 000 units of blood this year.
She said they target to collect 250 units through the Charity Shield as they have a deficit of 67 000 units of blood for this year.
“We need at least 20 000 people to donate blood at least four times a year to meet our target,” she said.
On the match day, MBTS and FAM will mobilize Malawians to donate blood to the needy.