Preparations for tomorrow’s Joseph Kamwendo Testimonial match received a major boost after FDH Bank and Malawi Airlines supported the initiative.
During separate functions held yesterday, FDH Bank pumped in K3 million towards the event whereas Malawian Airlines donated K940,000 worth of two return air tickets from Johannesburg in South Africa to Blantyre.
The air travel company has also reduced return air tickets for three players from South Africa by 30 percent.
Malawian Airlines Traffic and Sales Manager, Rodwell Magwaya, said they decided to support the initiative following a request from Football Association of Malawi President Walter Nyamilandu.
“Being a Malawian firm, we felt duty-bound to support Joseph Kamwendo after his successful career both at club and national team levels. It is also one of the ways of appreciating our celebrities and legends,” Magwaya said.
Speaking at a separate function, FDH Bank Marketing Manager, Ronald Chimchere, said they offered the support because of their belief in Malawian initiatives.
“As a bank, we have been supporting grassroots football through Mayor’s trophies for some years now. So, when we were approached to consider supporting our former national team player, we did not hesitate as his foundation will also be identifying talent from rural areas,” Chimchere said.
Kamwendo thanked both companies for their support, describing it as timely.
“I am lost for words. FDH Bank has pumped in a lot of money to make the event happen. This testifies that FDH is a bank for the people. My other vote of thanks goes to Malawian Airlines which has also played a crucial role in flying the South African legends to Malawi for the game,” he said.
The event’s organizing committee member, Prince Chikweba, said they expect more institutions to support the initiative.
“This event is the first of its kind. We have top names gracing the match and we are excited. We will also have big names on the local scene and this will be a memorable testimonial. We therefore call upon well wishers to come forward and support the testimonial,” Chikweba said.