Sports Minister Ulemu Msungama has paid an extra K300,000 for Silver Strikers’ replica jersey.
Initially, Msungama bought the jersey at K200,000 at Cross Roads Hotel in Lilongwe on Friday night when Silver unveiled the replica jersey.
However, the minister increased the amount on Sunday after being swayed by the quality of the replica.
“I had to double the amount because I felt it was necessary to do so. The quality and design are awesome. I do not have a lot of money but I simply wanted to help. We are encouraging teams to take this commercialisation route in order for them to be self-reliant,” Msungama said.
Silver Marketing and Communications Officer Daniel David Dauda hailed the minister for leading by example.
“We have been encouraged to work hard to achieve our goals. We have also been honoured by his kind gesture,” he said.
The first consignment comprising one home kit for the main team and 1,000 replica kits for the fans and the public.
Four key players, namely Maxwell Gasten, Duncan Nyoni, Levison Maganizo and Chikondi Kamanga, paraded the new home kit as Silver hope that the initiative would help the club generate extra revenue.
The second consignment, which is expected to arrive in the second round, will comprise of away kits and replica jerseys.
Each kit is being sold at K13,500 at Silver Club offices in Lilongwe, Infinity Shop in Blantyre and Luwinga Puma Filling Station in Mzuzu.
Super League of Malawi (Sulom) also bought the kit at K200,000.
Silver Board Chairperson Victor Madhlopa also bought the replica kit at K200,000 whereas Fisd Company Limited Director Jack Kujaliwa bought it at K100,000.