By Mphatso Malidadi:
Fam Marketing and Commercial Director, Limbani Matola, made the remarks after the Pan African bank presented uniforms to all the four teams that competed in this year’s Charity Shield.
The presentation ceremony took place on Friday at the bank’s headquarters in Blantyre.
The teams are TNM Super League champions Nyasa Big Bullets, Fisd Challenge Cup kings Be Forward Wanderers, Carlsberg Cup winners Masters Security and Airtel Top 8 holders Blue Eagles.
This was the first time for teams participating in the Charity Shield to be provided with uniforms.
Matola described this year’s event as historic since it aimed at fighting against attacks on persons with albinism.
“This is also the first time that we have sponsorship for the Charity Shield. Ecobank committed a lot of money [K12 million] into this competition. We hope this partnership is here to stay so that it contributes to the development of football,” he said.
Ecobank Malawi Managing Director, Charles Asiedu, said they felt duty-bound to dress the four teams to add colour to the first official competition of the season.
“We appreciate the role football plays in society and we are particularly pleased that this year’s Shield sensitised the community to take an active role in stopping attacks on people with albinism,” Asiedu said.
The Charity Shield marked the official kick off of the 2019 season which will run up to December, with the Super League and regional leagues expected to commence within the month.
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