Peter Mutharika shunned at Cup presentation

Former Foreign Affairs minister and DPP 2014 presidential candidate, Peter Arthur Mutharika, was shunned by many football lovers on Saturday during the Central Region Women Football League prize presentation at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.

Mutharika was making his first public appearance since the death of his brother late president Bingu wa Mutharika, on April 5 2012. He sponsors the Southern Region Football League (SRFL) to the tune of K5 million.

His personal assistant Ben Phiri also expressed concern with the poor patronage on behalf of his boss.

Peter Mutharika with Ben Phiri at the prize ceremony

“If he had not come with our party supporters, there would have been only three people here at the stadium,” said Phiri.

Mutharika is currently the leading sponsor of football leagues in the country.

In the central region prize presentation, DD Sunshine and DD Sunshine Youth received K300 000 and K150 000, respectively, for finishing on first and second positions, respectively.

Abramo Queens and One Goal who finished third and fourth received K80 000 and K40 000 respectively.

In individual wards, DD Senior striker Linda Kasenda and Kamuzu Barracks goalkeeper Maria Banda received K10 000 and miniatures for being the top goalscorer and Player of the Tournament, respectively.

In media category, Elijah Phimbi of Star Radio, Mike Bango and Joe Mwase of Zodiak Broadcasting Station, were voted as best sport presenters in electronic media.

Nation Publications Limited (NPL) sports correspondent Frankie Kalilombe and Precious Msosa of Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL) made it in print category.

Peter Mutharika trophy presentation
Peter Mutharika with Ben Phiri at the prize ceremony

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