Sponsor of Southern Region Football Association’s (SRFA) Top Eight competition, Powertex Limited, has expressed willingness to enter into a long term deal as long as the game does not ruin its business.
Powertex Managing Director Itaye Chidzelo made the remarks during the competition’s draw at Mpira Village in Blantyre Wednesday.
The draw had eight Premier Division teams and another eight from Division One. The K5 million tournament will be launched in Mulanje.
Chidzelo said the sponsorship is a clear demonstration of his company’s commitment towards developing football in the country.
“It has been our long time wish to sponsor this tournament but the continuation will depend on the support the community will render us. We want our brand to be promoted through football. We expect all teams, administrators and fans to help us build and promote the Powerstart brand of car batteries. This is what will make us stay in the game,” Chidzelo said.
SRFA Chairperson Raphael Humba said he was pleased that the pledge he had made last year had materialized.
“There is no going back. The top 16 teams from our league’s two divisions now have something more to fight for besides the league title. When we made the announcement last year, people thought it was just a campaign gimmick as elections were around the corner.
“My appeal to teams and officials is that they should do everything to safeguard the image of the sponsor and also work hard to promote the Powerstart brand. This is the only way we can attract more sponsors,” Humba said.
He also commended the government for easing Covid restrictions, saying the development is good for football.
“We are grateful to the government for increasing the number of people at football matches from 100 to 250 at match venues. We will do everything to ensure that we adhere to all measures during our matches,” Humba said.
The matches will be played at Chiwembe, Mangochi, Balaka, Neno, Mulanje, BAT, Kamuzu and Chilomoni stadiums.
The champion will pocket K1 million while the runners up will get K600,000.
The third-placed team will pocket K300,000 with K200,000 going to the team that will finish fourth.
The 16 teams will also each receive K25,000 each while losing quarterfinalists will pocket K50,000 each.
The tournament will be played on knock out basis as follows:
Maxi Steffords vs Wizzards
Phalombe Open Space vs Nyasa Big Bullets Reserves
Immigration vs Prison United
Ntaja United vs MDF Marine
Mulanje Mission vs Sable Farming
Zomba Airbase vs Changalume
Nambazo FC vs Blantyre City (formerly Hangover)
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