Jack up!


Carlesberg Malawi Limited official’s body language and tone Tuesday suggested that the brewer is unhappy that its sponsorship of Malawi national football team is not translating into results.

Carlsberg Senior Brands Manager (alcoholics), Twikale Chirwa, emptied the company’s chest in Blantyre before presenting a fast-tracked K50 million bail-out to enable the Flames fulfill their engagements, including 2016 Cosafa Cup kicking off on June 11 in Namibia.

“We are a proud sponsor regardless of the results. We all know the economic situation that the country is going through, but we are all Malawians. We need to support each other. That is why we are still there despite the bad patch,” Chirwa said at Mpira Village in Blantyre.


Chirwa’s brief but punchy speech continued in front of the Flames players, who looked indifferent with their heads buried in their palms. Carlsberg eventually donated sun glasses and a jersey to each player and official present.

“Carlsberg has done enough for you. However, after this, you will be judged by the nation on whether you have done enough for Carlsberg. Please restore the national pride. It is time to salvage some pride,” Chirwa said.

The caution could not have come at any better time for the Flames who travel to play against Zimbabwe’s Warriors on Saturday.


Lying bottom of Group L with two points from five winless qualifying games, the Flames have a weighty task to qualify for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals in Gabon.

In response, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) President, Walter Nyamilandu, whose association signed a three-year K250 million sponsorship for the Flames in 2014, said while the team has been ruled out, there was still a mathematical chance of qualifying for the finals.

“Go and bring results in Zimbabwe. The country needs results. The sponsor wants more because their brand is linked with success. If you are to die in Zimbabwe, die for Carlsberg. Go there with a lion’s heart. The flame that you are carrying should burn,” Nyamilandu said.

Assistant coach Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan spoke on behalf of head coach, Ernest Mtawali, who was in Zimbabwe yesterday spying on the Warriors as they warmed up against Uganda in Harare.

“I agree that we must bring back the glory of the Flames. We have been pushing ourselves to the limit in training. We will do our best, but in football there is something you cannot control—the result. There is a win, a draw and a loss. We will try to eliminate the rest and get a win,” Ramadhan said.

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