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It was a typical case of one door closing and another one opening for Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Monday.

Barely a week after losing Standard Bank Knock-Out Cup funding, Fam breathed a sigh of relief after signing a five-year K40 million cup sponsorship pre-contract with Fisd Company Limited in Blantyre.

His voice cracking and his hand shaking with emotions, Fam president, Walter Nyamilandu, penned the deal with the Lilongwe agro-business Fisd’s managing director, Frank Mwenechanya, inside a crammed John Zingale Theatre at Mpira Village (formerly Chiwembe Technical and Development Centre).

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“When I heard the news, I couldn’t stop pinching myself. It’s hard to believe that you have responded in such a short time in this day and age when inflation and cost of living are high,” Nyamilandu said in his speech.

“We are very grateful as competition is our life blood. Take out competition, then we have no reason to remain in office. I am happy that when one door closes, another opens. This is for only Super League clubs, and more details will be announced later.”

Mwenechanya, who was accompanied by Fisd officials, said the five-year sponsorship was subject to review annually.

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“After we heard that Standard Bank Cup Knock-Out fell vacant, we thought that, as a company, we can come in and sponsor the cup. As part of our corporate social responsibility, we felt it is high time we gave back to the community.”

The new cup fills the void created by Standard Bank Knock-Out Cup’s exit, while adding on to Carlsberg Cup and Presidential Initiative for Sports Cup. The new season kicks off in April.

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