SRFL Honour Champions
By: Lackson Kanyoza
…Max Bullets Receive K1.5M.
“Doubting Thomas where are you?” This are the words that Southern Region Football League (SRFL) chairman Raphael Humba in jovial mood expressed to prove people who thought teams will not receive their awards wrong.
Humba who was under fire following Nsejjere’s failure to fulfill their sponsorship deal, lastly got a smile courtesy of Football Association of Malawi who rescued their association with K4 million.
FAM lent the cash-strapped league in order for the Association to honour the teams and individual awards.
Speaking during the prize presentation ceremony held today at Mpira House, Chiwembe in Blantyre, SRFL chairman Raphael Humba said he was delighted that at last teams have received their prizes.
“Am very happy considering that last year the one who suppose to sponsor our league as we agreed did not come out. So when we asked FAM to assist us, they have exactly done this today. As committee and chairman we are proud that teams have received their prize money,” said Humba.
Humba however, emphasised that their committee have learned a big lesson from Nsejjere and from today onwards they are going to sign a contract and proper standards to any company willing to sponsor their league.
On his remarks, FAM president Walter Nyamilandu says as mother body of football in the country they will always come in to assist when ever there is a crisis.
“Southern region football league is a long serving league in the history of football in Malawi. So after Nsejjere deceived us, as mother body we thought it wise to bail them out since they came to us and had where no where to go. This is the lesson that we have learnt, we must now need to focus. We are going to see how best we harvest the matter.
“But am just happy that today teams have been rewarded. we don’t have money and we would have taken this money to the nation team but we understood that the clubs need to be honoured for the next season to run smoothly it was important that the clubs going into the next season knowing the league would be able to honor its commitment,” said Nyamilandu.
During prize presentation, Max Bullets received K1.5 million and a trophy for being champions in 2015 premier league and earn promotion in TNM super league. Cobbe Ballacks got K750 000 as runners up while Mangochi police received K500 000 for finishing 3rd position.
In Division 1, Matamando fc got K500 000 for being champions. Nyambadwe majuniors received K 300 000 as runners up while Fomo Fc got K200 000 at 3rd position.
Individual awards goes to Lastone Kanyanja (Nyambadwe Majuniors) who finish as top goal score in Division 1 with 20 goals. He received K40 000. In premier Division Cobbe Ballacks, MacPeter Makwale got K40 000 as well with 36 goals as top goal scorer.
Media awards goes to Joy Khakhona of Nation Publication Limited who scooped the award as best reporter in print media. Nelson chigwenembe as best reporter in electronic media while Lusayo Kanyika (Times) scooped the award as best TV reporter.
Meanwhile, SRFL is expected to announce new sponsors next week for 2016