Chipiku Stores has increased sponsorship of the Central Region Football Association (CRFA) League from K10 million to K12 milllion.
This was disclosed during the prize presentation for the 2017 season held at Kasungu Inn on Saturday. Chipiku Stores Regional Manager for the Centre, Erani Nkonzantini, said the company is proud to be associated with the development of football in Malawi and pledged continued sponsorship.
“We are committed to continued support of the league. We, as sponsors, are impressed with the level of competition in this league,” Nkonzantini said.
Chipiku Stores has sponsored the league for the past 11 years and has been increasing sponsorship at the end of every season.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Second Vice President, Othaniel Hara, hailed Chipiku Stores for continuously supporting the league and said the sponsorship has helped Central Region teams to survive relegation in the TNM Super League.
The ceremony saw TN Stars being officially crowned as the league’s Premier Division champions after finishing the season with 77 points followed by Wimbe United and Mlatho Mponela on second and third positions, respectively.
Stars captain Stanley Davie won the Player of the Season award whereas Chikaiko Batson of Holy Cross Ambassadors won the Top Goal Scorer award having netted 33 goals.
In the media category, Mike Bango of Zodiak Broadcasting Station was named the best radio journalist followed by Patrick Simango of MBC and Williams Gondwa of Times Group on second and third positions, respectively.
Van Crayton Demester of Galaxy Radio was named the fourth best radio journalist whereas Frank Kalilombe of Nation Publications Limited and Mabvuto Kambuwe of Times Group came first and second in the print media category, respectively. All the winners received monetary prizes plus miniatures.
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