Masters Security Services Managing Director, Alfred Gangata, has admitted that sponsoring a football league in the country is not an easy undertaking.
Masters are currently in the third year of sponsoring the Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) league. The company also has a team in the TNM Super League which competed in the Caf Confederation Cup in February.
Speaking during the prize presentation ceremony of the 2017 SRFA league at Mpira Village in Blantyre on Friday, Gangata said life as a sponsor of the regional league has not turned out to be what he had initially anticipated.
“At first we thought it would be easy. But we have since discovered that the journey is tough. The problem is that individuals or companies sponsoring football in Malawi do not get much support.
“We only release money but do not get profits at the end of the day. Our appeal going out to all stakeholders is that let us support companies and individuals that are dedicated to the development of sports in the country,” Gangata said.
He then apologised for taking long to present the prizes, saying their team’s participation in the Confederation Cup contributed to the delay.
“The league here ended at the same time we were in the Caf competition. So it was not easy to manage the two at once. But we promise to honour our contract to sponsor the league again this year and then we will sit down with the association on possibilities of an extension,” Gangata added.
SRFA Treasurer, Christopher Kuyera, commended Masters for supporting the league since 2016.
“This is the moment we all have been waiting for. Our sponsor had challenges along the way, but now we can start preparing for the new season to kickoff as we are assured of support,” Kuyera said.
During the ceremony, Nchalo United received K1.8 million for emerging champions in the Premier Division, while Prison United and Chikwawa United got K1 million and K500,000 for finishing as runners-up and third, respectively.
In Division One, champions Nyasa Big Bullets Reserves got K750,000 while Naming’omba and Hangover got K500,000 and K300,000 for their respective second and third place finishes.
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