The 2017 edition of Carlsberg Cup will kick off on June 10 with games involving non-league clubs.
This follows Carlsberg Malawi’s confirmation of continued sponsorship yesterday during a press conference at Mpira Village in Chiwembe Township, Blantyre, where the company’s marketing director Gwyneth Mchiela disclosed that financial backing will be maintained at K40 million.
Prizes for the contest, which is competed for by non-league, lower league and TNM Super League clubs, remain the same; meaning the eventual champions will get K12 million.
According to Football Association of Malawi (FAM) competitions manager Gomezgani Zakazaka, 12 non-league teams from the Northern Region, 20 from the Centre and 30 from the South have already registered and the first draw will be conducted on Monday.
He said three teams from Simama Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) League, five from the Chipiku Central Region Football Association (CRFA) League and eight from Masters Security Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) League will also fight for slots in the last 32 stage, where they will join Super League’s 16 teams.
“The competition will run from June 10 to September 9. Games in round of 32 will be played in the second week of July,” he said.
FAM general secretary Alfred Gunda said they were excited with Carlsberg’s continued support towards the competition.
Mchiela said they decided to continue with the sponsorship after realising that since the competition was reintroduced in 2012, it has grown in terms of popularity.
Carlsberg Malawi’s senior brands manager (alcoholics) Twikale Chirwa said the competition will provide a wide platform for technical panels of big clubs and the national team to identify talent. n