Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Wednesday breathed a sigh of relief after NBS Bank announced a K15 million sponsorship package for this year’s Charity Shield.
This followed uncertainty that surrounded this year’s competition after Ecobank announced that it would not continue bankrolling it.
TNM Super League champions Nyasa Big Bullets and FDH Cup winners Silver Strikers will face off at Kamuzu Stadium in the competition, dubbed NBS Charity Shield, to mark the beginning of the 2022-23 football calendar.
NBS Bank Chief Executive Officer Kwanele Ngwenya said the gesture was a fulfilment of its corporate social responsibility.
“We have always supported the community in which we operate. This support is not only a fulfilment of our social responsibility but also to support Fam [Football Association of Malawi] in bringing the Malawian people their most loved game,” Ngwenya said.
Proceeds of the one-day cup will go towards assisting flood survivors in the Shire Valley.
“When a country’s people are in need, it must become the agenda of every corporate citizen to be a part of providing a solution. Many have been affected by natural disasters that have happened most recently and we feel that these heart-breaking scenes of people having their homes destroyed and their belongings washed away are an opportunity to use our resources to offer hope to others,” Ngwenya said.
Fam President Walter Nyamilandu was all grateful for the gesture.
“We are delighted that NBS Bank has come to our rescue and we are pleased to be associated with the bank. The primary objective of the charity shield will be fulfilled because we would like to reach out to our fans at a point of their need.”
“The government alone cannot fulfil what is required on the ground. The disaster was devastating and that is why we considered reaching out to our friends,” Nyamilandu said.
He said football fans should expect a lot of fireworks come Saturday, with the coming in of the new sponsor.
Nyamilandu said the association will use the K15 million to organise the match and that proceeds from gate collections will be used for charity.
Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda said they have reverted to an old format of involving two teams in the Charity Shield.