By Isaac Salima:
Capital Oil Refining Industries (Cori) has donated K5 million to the Malawi National Football Team as a fulfilment of a pledge the cooking oil company made to the Flames.
The company also donated K500,000 to Richard Mbulu for scoring the vital goal against Uganda.
Cori pledged to give the Flames K5 million if they beat Uganda in last week’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, where Malawi triumphed 1-0 to qualify for continental football showpiece in Cameroon.
Cori Sponsorship Coordinator Violet Kapolo said they felt the need to honour the pledge.
“The players did a commendable job and we are delighted that the team delivered. It is for this reason that we felt the need to honour the promise.
“We wish it would have been more but the current economic situation restricted us. Going forward, we would like to partner the Flames and Football Association of Malawi (Fam) in a big way ahead of Africa Cup of Nations finals slated for Yaunde, Cameroon. Cori, are determined to do that in a big way. However, we can do that only if our sales pick up,” she said.
Fam President Walter Nyamilandu thanked the company for the gesture.
“Cori is one the companies that have been with us in all situations and it is our hope that this partnership will continue. We are also happy that the team did not disappoint. Everyone wants to be associated with good things and we promise to continue doing well,” he said.
Different companies including FDH Bank and other individuals made several pledges to the Flames if they beat Uganda.