TNM sponsorship contract still on, says Super League of Malawi: Sports Minister to intervene

Minister of Sports, Youth and Manpower Development Henry Mussa has said he will engage  premier mobile  and data service provider Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM)officials  on the issue of  sponsorship for the flagship Super League.

TNM CEO Douglas Stevenson: We have fully withdrawn from the sponsorship of Super Leagye and let others take part

TNM announced on Tuesday that they have withdrawn their  K90 million flagship Super League sponsorship following Competition and Fair Trade Commission (CFTC) ruling that their  contract with Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has unfair trade practice clauses.

“I am arranging a meeting with officials of TNM and see how best we can  address their concerns,” Mussa said.

But Sulom general secretary Williams Banda said they are seeking  legal opinion on the matter arguing  there is a running contract until December 2017 and that TNM needs to give 30 days notice before pulling.

“The contract is a legal document so we need to seek legal clarity if TNM has withdrawn from contract renewal talks or the current contract,” Banda said.

Added Banda: “TNM and Sulom signed a five-season contract which ends after the 2017 season. This means the contract is still running and if they want to pull out, there are legal implications.”

He continued: “TNM  still have a season left in the contract.”

But TNM’s  chief executive officer Douglas Stevenson   said in a statement that the company has made the decision to “fully withdraw from the sponsorship of Super League and let other potential sponsors take part in the continued development of the sport in Malawi.”

He said TNM acknowledges and abides by the determination made by CTFC and “would not want to be found to be acting in a manner that has ‘negative effects on the development of football in Malawi as stated on page 20 of the [CFTC] report.”

In the statement, TNM has also stressed the importance of exclusivity in commercial sponsorship.

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Nyamakumutu
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If we were united as Malawins we would teach TNM a lesson of their time. We could have all agreed to remove our TNM SIM cards from our phone. Just for a day only they would have come back to support the league. Someone need to lead on this campaign I tell you they would come come.

mkanda
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Why should everyone remove a SIMcard, because of some soccer cup? My foot. I would not be part of such.

gg banda
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A WILLIAMS BANDA,WHY U ALLZ TALK OF LEGAL IMPLICATIONS ? NTHAWI ZONSE MALAMULO AGWIRE NTCHITO.LIMBIKITSANI

angoni
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ayende bwino akafike Anka iwoko

Zinenani Zoona
Guest

Now that Competition and Fair Trade Commission think they are smart, let them bring a new sponsor who will have no conditions or unfair practices. CFTC (led by lady Malonda) should know that Trade and Malonda are different things

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