Be Forward Mighty Wanderers left an indelible mark at Nsambamwali Primary School in Lirangwe after donating assorted items valued at over K3 million on Saturday.
The colourful function received massive patronage from pupils, village headmen, political leaders and entire public bringing Lirangwe to a standstill.
The TNM Super League team donated 40 balls, 500 t-shirts, 200 armbands and other items to pupils at Nsambamwali Primary School before extending the generosity to other surrounding schools.
Be Forward top officials from Japan, Director-Sales Group Manager Eiichi Mizuyama and Marketing Officer Shogo Nishimura were all present.
Wanderers general secretary, Mike Butao, said the donation was historic and they intend to repay the sponsor with good results on the pitch.
“We discussed with the sponsor and it was agreed that we should make a donation. This was made possible because of the support we get from the sponsor otherwise we could not have made the donation. Therefore, we will try our best to get good results on the pitch,” he said.
The Japanese Car Dealers firm, Director-Sales Group Manager Mizuyama said the donation was to mark the start of a relationship between the company, the team and the school.
“As Be Forward, we are also involved in corporate social responsibility hence the need to make an impact in the local community,” he said.
Mizuyama said Wanderers executive members were responsible for the selection of the school.
Headmistress Ruth Chalimba- Mlakata thanked Be Forward Mighty Wanderers for choosing the school to be its partner among several schools in the country.
“The school has been producing and is still producing high quality selection to reputable secondary schools in the country. As for the donation it will help us in different ways including building a good team,” she said.
She took advantage of the donation to narrate some of the challenges like shortage of teachers, insufficient school blocks and no water supply at the school as among problems the school encounters.
Nsambamwali was established in 1955 under the assistance of Blantyre Synod of the CCAP. The government took over running of the school in 1970.
Before the donation, makeshift Wanderers lost to Nsambamwali Primary 0-2 in a friendly match.
Wanderers chairperson George Chamangwana, team manager Chembe Zidana, coach Elia Kananji featured in the game alongside goalkeeper Bester Phiri, Alfred Manyozo Jnr, Vales Kamzere, Ishmael Thindwa, Khumbo Ng’ambi, supporters secretary Paul Mphepo and Shogo Nishimura.
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