Standard Bank of Malawi has donated K5 million Football Association of Malawi (FAM) as the national team gears up to face Ethiopia on Wednesday in Addis Ababa.
Standard Bank Legal Director Etness Chanza said during a news conference that the bank was was obliged to assist the Flames so that it gets good results which will also be inspirational to youngsters to play for the team.
“With our continued effort to see Malawi football grow, we thought it best that we should also assist the Malawi national team in their bid to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations,” Chanza said.
“We at Standard Bank believe that our investment in football will further inspire a boy somewhere in the villages. We know that boys do inspire that one day they could be one of those guys who are playing international soccer within and outside Malawi,” Chanza said.
“We believe that our investment one day will inspire somebody to participate in football because I was inspired to football because of the sponsorship of Standard bank.”
FAM president Walter Nyamilandu said the donation proved that Standard Bank was partner in football development having been sponsoring Standard Bank for the past eight years.
“You started sponsoring football eight years ago. We are what we are, Malawians able to celebrate victory against big teams such as Mali ranked 50th in the world because of the partnership we have enjoyed with Standard Bank over the many years,” Nyamilandu said.
“I would like to take this message to the entire management team that we are very grateful because you supported us through the many difficult moments and you still continue to support us now,” Nyamilandu said.
He said the donation would boost the morale of the players against Ethiopia on Wednesday in the Africa Cup of Nations.
“It is also good to see that when you are donating like this the players are responded very well. I am only hoping that this donation gives us the necessary urge when we play against Ethiopia,” Nyamilandu said.
Airtel Malawi started the ball rolling with a K10 million donation with their mobile cellphone providers, TNM contributing K5 million.
National Bank, Nico and Illovo also offered their support by buying space on the perimeter fence during the game against Mali on Saturday at Kamuzu Stadium.
Malawi which has six points along with Mali plays an away game with Ethiopia Wednesday in swim or sink match.
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