By: Andrew Cane Chilapondwa
Malawi’s top-flight sponsors TNM says it has no intentions of raising the current K90 million sponsorship package ahead of the new season.
Some key stakeholders had earlier on asked the company to consider raising the package again this season saying teams spend a lot of money for the entire season but gets little in return from the competition.
But according to the company’s Public Relations and Sponsorship manager Limbani Nsapato said the company had already raised the package from K60 million to the current package last season as such, they will not review the current package.
“As you can remember very well, the K60 million package was meant to end in 2017 but we reviewed it and raised it to K90 million following complaints from key stakeholders, as such, we have no intentions of reviewing it again in the upcoming season,” he said.
On preparations, Nsapato said everything is going on very well and promised football lovers in the country for a massive season ahead.
“We are preparing well for the new season with Super League of Malawi (Sulom). We want all the football teams and fans to have a fantastic season. Everything is in its place as we are working day and night to make sure that by 16th April the season should kick off as planned by Sulom,” he said.
With days fast approaching, the top-flight administrators have some issues to sort out before the said kick-off, the latest being Chilumba Barracks last minute withdraw from the league.
The body has demanded Chilumba to pay a fine for pulling out of the league in the eleventh hour.
As if that is not enough, Sulom is yet to vacate a restraining order which was obtained by Dedza Young Soccer in a protest over the body’s decision to conduct promotion playoffs to identify the 16th team in the league.
According to the latest information, Sulom had a meeting with Dedza Young Soccer as demanded by the Lilongwe High Court last week but it is still not known whether the injunction will be vacated on time before the new season kicks off.