Lack of football league sponsorship in Zomba will be a thing of the past following promise by the city’s deputy mayor Davie Maunde to sponsor a league on annual basis.
He was speaking during the launch of a K200 000 mini football league at Chinamwali in the old capital city aimed at developing talent.
Maunde said teams will play for two months before rolling out to the rest of the city with an amount which he promised to announce at an appropriate time.
“Zomba has been known to be a home of most renowned players in the country. My contribution to football sponsorship is to revive the talent we used to have in the past. The future of our national team rests in the youthful players,” he said.
He also pledged to sponsor a select side from the city in the near future on a trip to Mangochi as well as South Africa using connections he has with colleagues elsewhere.
Coordinator of the league Bester Banda expressed gratitude to Maunde for coming to the rescue having stayed for a period of two years without sponsorship.
“When a person with passion in football such as the deputy mayor comes with sponsorship, it motivates the youth. This works to their advantage as they are kept busy; hence refrain from immoral behavior,” said Banda.
A total of twelve teams are expected to participate in the league. In a launch game, Chinamwali Stars beat Chinamwali Rangers 1-0 with a goal scored by Chiletso Chipanga in the second half.