Southern Region Football Association, the runners of Malawi’s second tier league have described the sponsorship from Nsejjere Sports Wear and Countrywide Car Hire the league and cup as raw deal.
An official of the league, speaking on strict conditions of anonymity said there was nothing to talk about since the firms offered to sponsor the league.
“What I can is say is that the sponsorship that we have from Countrywide and Nsejjere as nothing worth the deal,” said the source.
He said as the league went for first round recess Nsejjere were yet to release funding for some of the operation costs while Countrywide’s future remains shrouded in cloud of uncertainty.
“Frankly speaking we celebrated too early about the sponsorship from Nsejjere as well as from Countrywide. In fact we cannot comfortably say that we have reliable sponsorship at all,” he said.
He said the league was currently struggling to pay referees and other costs related to the running of the league.
“We celebrated too early without scrutinising what they will have to offer. The man of the moment should now be embarrassed,” he said referring to chairman Raphael Humba who made noise after the sponsorship.
Nsejjere offered K10 million sponsorship package with the champion expected to pocket K4.5 million cash while, K3.5 million sports apparel wear among others.
Countrywide, owned by veteran businessman Mike Mlombwa, came up with a K8 million sponsorship for a cup spread across the region starting at district level.