FAM launches north, centre Division One Leagues

By Kondwani Kandiado

The Football Association of Malawi ( FAM) has pumped K30 million in central and northern region Division One Football leagues for 2024 season with the two regions sharing K15 Million sponsorship each.

The two have been the remaining regions without securing any sponsorship in Division One Football Leagues.

Speaking during the league launch at Ntchisi Community ground, FAM President Fleetwood Haiya said it is the association’s wish to take football to greater height.

He said: “We cannot talk about football if we can’t start from grassroots and this is what we have been talking about in our strategic plan.”

Haiya pointed out that competitive football is vital in promoting the standards of the sport in the country.

“There are high chances that the competition will be stiff and where there is stiff competition, it is our belief that we will have quality players and this will translate into having quality national team.”

Central Region Football Association General Secretary, Antonio Manda said the sponsorship will help lay a good foundation in the football development in the region.

“We are very much excited with the sponsorship as a region. We have been on the hunt for sponsorship for quite some time,” he said.

Manda added: “FAM has led the foundation. It is now upon us to search for sponsors. We should be able to get sponsors with huge sums of money so that out teams should be able to enjoy the game of football.”

On his part, Northern Region Football Association General Secretary, Masiya Nyasulu applauded FAM for the sponsorship describing it as a bonus to them.

“We are so much excited to the extent that our teams have now something to smile about, ” he said.

He said NRFA will take up a challenge to hunt for more sponsors to help support the league saying FAM has alot of activities and as such it could not be taken as the league’s sponsor for seasons to come.

The launch was attended by all the nine District Football Associations from Central Region, Northern Region football association members, district council officials and some parliamentarians from Ntchisi district among others.

During the launch, Kasakula Sundowns thrashed Sharma FC 1-0

Pic: Haiya and other officials greet players during the launch.

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