They might be struggling in the TNM Super League but Wizards FC’s football class continues to lure the corporate world.
On Wednesday, Wizards began a new lease of life after securing a partnership with Premier Bet Malawi.
The agreement was announced at Malawi National Council of Sports cafeteria in Blantyre where officials from both parties kept a tight lid on the money involved in what they preferred to call as an open partnership.
However, reliable sources indicate that Premier Bet Malawi has pumped in K10 million as a starter-pack to the team. Wizards have, in the last two years, been sponsored by Surestream Petroleum then Foundation for Irrigation and Sustainable Development (Fisd).
Premier Bet Malawi’s Operations Director, Joao Morales, said as an entertainment company they felt they should give back to society through Wizards.
“Peter [Mponda-Wizards Technical Director] came up with a very good proposal relating to what we do in Malawi. Our main focus is on football. We have been discussing for two months. There will be more developments with Wizards but for the time being we are taking each step at a time,” he said.
According to the agreement which was also witnessed by Super League of Malawi (Sulom) Treasurer, Tiya Somba-Banda, said Wizards players would be entitled to game bonuses, salaries and uniforms.
“It is an open-ended partnership and we will be supporting the side depending on their needs,” said Morales while refusing disclose the amount involved.
Morales said they had not set targets for Wizards, adding “basically we know where Wizards lie on the TNM Super League table. Basically, our support is in a form of partnership to give back to the society through the team.”
Wizards Chairperson, Ophman Kondowe, said the support was timely.
“We are running Wizards as commercial entity and we are able to attract partners. We will strive to deliver the good results to please our stakeholders,” he said.
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