Rugby Football Union of Malawi (RFUM) says Superior Halaal Foods Market sponsorship is crucial to the union’s plans of developing a national league.
RFUM coach Augustine Banda said this at College of Medicine Sports Complex in Blantyre on Friday when Superior Halaal Foods Market increased this year’s league sponsorship from K700,000 to K4 million.
Following the raise in sponsorship, the competition will for the first time involve teams from the Central Region. It was played in southern region only.
Banda said Superior Halaal Foods Market sponsorship was unique and huge because it allowed them to grow rugby from four teams last year to 11 teams this year.
“We are very happy to be associated with Superior Halaal and be a part with them in terms of sports. Without money you can’t grow the game. So with regards to the funding from Superior Halaal we have been able to include further four teams from the central region. That is exciting as we move closer to establishing a national league,” he said.
Superior Foods Market executive director, Dayaan Arab, said they decided to increase the sponsorship after noticing that a lot of people were following domestic rugby.
He said Superior Food Market intends to help RFUM develop the sport both locally and internationally.
“We are sponsoring rugby because we want the game to reach new heights. The sport is now being taken to more locals and this is encouraging. When Rugby Football Union of Malawi approached with a concept of a bigger tournament, we saw their scope and vision match with ours and we did not hesitate to support them,” he said.
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