Fisd Cup prizes presentation today
Teams that reached paying ranks of the 2019 Fisd Challenge Cup will smile all the way to the bank as the competition’s prize presentation ceremony is set to take place this afternoon in Lilongwe.
The ceremony, which will take place at Fisd head office, comes after almost two months of waiting.
Football Association of Malawi Competitions and Communications Director, Gomezgani Zakazaka, said the delay was due to the sponsors’ tight schedule.
“The sponsors are now ready to give out the prizes. I can assure all stakeholders that they have already processed prize money for the teams and everything is set.
“This will be an occasion where the sponsors will interact with stakeholders in the game while rewarding them for a job-well-done in the 2019 season,” Zakazaka said.
The competition’s winners, Blue Eagles, expressed relief with the development, saying their players needed to be rewarded for their sweat.
Eagles Chairperson, Alexander Ngwala, said their players were anxious to get a share of the prize money after a grueling campaign.
“We had a tough time explaining to our players about the delay. We got tired of reminding them about the money and it is pleasing that finally the prize presentation is now ready. The players want to get their dues. They have waited for so long and they cannot wait any longer,” Ngwala said.
Eagles were crowned champions in December after a 4-2 post-match penalties victory over Kamuzu Barracks (KB) at Civo Stadium after the match ended 1-1 in regulation time.
For winning the cup, Eagles will pocket K20 million whereas KB will get K7 million as runners-up.
The policemen will go down in the history of the local game as the team that has received the highest amount of prize money from one competition.
KB’s Francesco Kamdzeka won the top goal scorer award with five goals and will receive K200,000.
Success in the cup contest inspired Eagles to toy with prospects of competing in this year’s Caf Confederation Cup.
However, their sponsor Malawi Police Service is yet to approve their participation in the competition.
It was a successful season for the cops after they also won the Bingu Ikhome Bonanza and finished third in the TNM Super League.