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Football Association of Malawi (Fam) and NBS Bank could not be drawn to comment on possible future Charity Shield partnership after successfully staging the game involving Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.

NBS came to Fam’s rescue after bankrolling the Shield to the tune of K15 million following Ecobank’s withdrawal.

Fam First Vice President Justice Jabbar Alide said it was too early to comment on the possibility of future partnership.

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“However, everyone here is happy. We believe that NBS Bank management has been able to see the impact of the Charity Shield. So, for now, let us leave it at that,” he said.

Alide spoke highly of the shield, which Bullets won 1-0 courtesy of former Silver defender Hadji Wali’s goal.

“Overall, this has been one of the best Charity Shields, looking at the performance of the teams and the organisation. We had good patronage; we didn’t expect huge turnout bearing in mind that the time factor was quite short.

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“We only signed the agreement on Wednesday. We are happy that we have kicked off the season on a bright of note,” he said.

NBS Chief Operating Officer Shadrick Chikusilo said they were equally thrilled with the patronage and performance of the teams.

“We are open to discussions. I can’t say much here. Otherwise, both the teams and supporters were good,” Chikusilo said.

Proceeds from this year’s Charity Shield will go towards supporting flood survivors in the Shire Valley.

Meanwhile, as we went to press, Fam was yet to reconcile gate collections.

“We are still working on it,” said Fam Commercial and Marketing Director Limbani Matola.

During the game, Wali headed home a Patrick Mwaungulu corner-kick in the 36th minute to give Bullets victory.

It was a tight game of few chances.

Bullets took part in the Charity Shield by virtue of being TNM Super League champions whereas Silver made it for winning the FDH Bank Cup.

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