By Mphatso Malidadi:
Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa) has breathed a sigh of relief after Zamm Investments, manufacturers of Cool Drop bottled water and Cool Fizz drinks, announced K48 million sponsorship into the under-17 national league.
The announcement was made Tuesday at Bingu National Stadium Conference Room in Lilongwe.
The development comes when the body lost sponsorship from Castel Malawi [Copa Coca-Cola] and Airtel Malawi.
Zamm Investments Director, Muhammad Tulta, said it was part of their corporate social responsibility to help the government in the development of the sport.
“We were approached and we felt it wise to help in the development of football. Zamm Investments was incorporated in 2014 while Cool Fizz was commissioned early 2019 but production started mid-April after approval from Malawi Bureau of Standards,” he said.Advertisement
Massa General Secretary, Blackson Malamula, applauded the company for their timely support.
“Education aside, students also need sports to refresh and to stay healthy. We also promise to run the competition free and fair. We will also be transparent and accountable,” he said.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) First Vice President, James Mwenda, hailed the company for investing in sports.
“They are coming at the right time when we have lost Copa Coca-Cola sponsorship. Through this projects we are assured that we will nurture more players. Cool Fizz is a high quality drink used with all natural ingredients and and no artificial sweeteners, it’s a high quality beverage at a reasonable price, no short cuts. We have nine flavours including our unique and one of the first energy drinks being produced in the country in Venom,” he said.
Director of Sports in the Ministry of Sports, Jameson Ndalama, also applauded Zamm Investments for supporting grassroots football.
Massa secured sponsorship with support from Atom Consultancy whose Director is Super League of Malawi Vice Secretary, Zacharia Nyirenda.
“We directed our client to help alleviate sponsorship problems currently haunting the sport,” he said.
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