By Mabvuto Kambuwe
Newly crowned FDH Bank Cup c h a m p i o n s Silver Strikers have all the reasons to walk shoulders high after getting a lion’s share of prize money from domestic competitions.
In total, Silver will pocket K32.5 million for winning the FDH Bank Cup and finishing as runner-up in the TNM Super League to champions Nyasa Big Bullets.
By just playing five matches in the FDH Cup, the Bankers will get K25 million and K7.5 million as prize money for finishing second in the league.
This could be good news for the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM)- sponsored side having generated more revenue through prize money more than any other team.
This season, it was tough for teams as football was played behind closed doors due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictive measures.
Silver Chief Executive Officer Thokozani Chimbali did not pick our calls to comment.
Silver won the cup after beating Ekwendeni Hammers 2-0 at Bingu National Stadium Friday.
Frank Banda and Stain Davie were on target for the Bankers.
Bullets, who retained the league title, will get K15 million as prize money.
In addition, the People’s Team got $20,000 (about K16.4 million) after finishing as Cecafa Cup runner-up.
Ekwendeni Hammers, who finished as runner-up in FDH Bank, are third as they will get K8 million.
Former Mighty Wanderers general secretary David Kanyenda said FDH Bank Cup is more valuable than any other local competition.
“The FDH Bank Cup has changed the football landscape in Malawi. This should be a wake-up call to other sponsors of local competitions,” Kanyenda said.
Meanwhile, FDH Bank Plc and Football Association of Malawi (Fam) have described the inaugural FDH Bank Cup trophy as a success.
FDH Bank Senior Marketing Manager Ronald Chimchere said the tournament achieved its purpose.
“Our goal as FDH Bank is to grow the beautiful game of football in Malawi. We are also happy that a lot of people benefited from the tournament,” he added.
Fam Communications and Competitions Director Gomezgani Zakazaka was also excited with the level of competition.
“We saw regional teams causing upsets as they knocked out Super League teams.
Additionally, this is the first knockout cup final to be played with fans since 2019, this is also great news,” Zakazaka said.