Football Association of Malawi (FAM) yesterday got a huge boost on the Flames quest to participate in the Ethiopia 2015 Cecafa Cup next month after receiving a K15 million ($27,272) donation from Airtel Malawi.
The mobile service providers made the donation yesterday at Chiwembe Technical Centre in Blantyre.
Making the donation, Airtel acting managing director, Charles Kamoto, said the donation was part of the company’s commitment to the development of football in the country.
“We believe with adequate investment in the sport, the Flames can bask in the glory of success over and over again. This massive investment should be visible in all leagues so that quality triumphs in as far as soccer talent is concerned. As an ardent soccer fan and committed corporate citizen, Airtel is willing to invest bigger and better in the development of football at all levels,” Kamoto said.
He said the donation coincides with Airtel celebration of 3.5 million subscription.
“The money donated today is meant to cater for both domestic and international engagements of our national team. We know there are several games lined up for the Flames to participate in such as Cecafa tournament coming in between November and December in Ethiopia apart from friendly matches before our next competitive game, which I gather are scheduled for sometime in March 2016.”
FAM president Walter Nyamilandu thanked Airtel for the donation which he said had come at a time the national team needed to be active as it embarks on a rebuilding exercise.
“We have been talking with Airtel for a year now. Throughout all the discussions, they have shown to be willing to partner FAM.
“I would not be surprised if one day Airtel becomes an official sponsor of the national team,” Nyamilandu said.