By Bernard Mhone:
Sponsors of the K10 million Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) Premier Division, Simama and Sons (Simso) and Innobuild, have expressed satisfaction with stiff competition among teams as they battle for promotion to the TNM Super League.
For now, Chitipa United are on the verge of bouncing back into the elite league as they top the log table with 20 points from 10 games.
Mzimba United are second with 17 points from 11 matches while rookies Kadona Stars lie third with 16 points from 10 assignments.
Baka City are just a point behind Kadona from the same number of matches.
Simso Board Chairperson, Abraham Simama said stiff competition is a clear sign that the league will produce a strong team that will stand the heat in the Super League.
“It is important for the Northern Region to produce teams that will survive relegation. This will help the region have more teams in the Super League. From the look of things, the competing teams prepared well for this season.
“It is also exciting to see new teams vying for the league title. To us, this is a sign of football development in the region. I am sure that the team to win the championship will be a strong one and will perform wonders in the Super League. This has been an exciting season and we are impressed,” Simama said.
Currently, the North has Moyale Barracks, Ekwendeni Hammers and Karonga United plying their trade in the topflight league whereas newcomers Rumphi United have been relegated.
Innobuild Private Limited Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Chiotha commended NRFA for smooth running of the league.
Chiotha also hailed the teams for maintaining discipline throughout.
“The increase in sponsorship package for this season has also boosted competition among teams as they know that a lot is at stake. The teams approach every match like a cup final and this is what people want.
“The success of the league also resonates well with our brand and we also benefit greatly. The smooth running of the league augurs well with our business,” he said.
Chitipa Team Manager Watson Kabaghe said: “Our target is to win the remaining four matches. We believe returning to the Super League is possible if we collect maximum points.”
Coach for Nkhata Bay-based Kadona, Luka Milanzi, said they were also targeting Super League promotion.
“We will fight to the end so that we earn Super League promotion despite being debutants,” Milanzi said.
The league is expected to end next month.