President Lazarus Chakwera will be presented with a new version of the Flames replica jersey during the Kuyipatsa Moto Flames VVIP Fundraising Dinner at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Saturday.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) marketing and commercial director Limbani Matola said in an interview yesterday that the Flames resource mobilisation task force will unveil the kit for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals, before presenting a replica to the President.
He said Vice-President Saulos Chilima is also expected to attend the event aimed at raising about K75 million towards Flames’ preparations and participation at the Afcon finals .
Said Matola: “Preparations for the VVIP dinner are at an advanced stage and we have received overwhelming support from State House where we have had a number of preparatory meetings.
“The task force has also decided to extend an invitation to couples to grace the event at K250 000 [per couple].”
He said the task force continues to receive support from the corporate world through pledges ahead of the event.
Matola also said Flames captain Limbikani Mzava will make a virtual presentation on how they look forward to the tournament.
“The captain will also speak about the support they have received from the President, the Vice-President and the nation in general towards their participation at the continental event in Cameroon,” he said.
Matola said the dinner will be spiced up by live music performances from Lawi and Malawi Army Brass Band as well as poetry.
“So, there will be a number of exciting activities,” he said.
The sponsorship categories are K5 million platinum, K3.5 million gold, K2.5 million silver while individuals and couples will pay K250 000.
The highest bidder is expected to sit next to the President.
He said those interested to support the Flames’ cause can contact him on 0999 878 754/ 0881 878 754 or FAM general secretary Alfred Gunda on 0999 879 899.
Last week, Matola said from the K1.5 billion projected budget, K1.1 billion has been raised, leaving them with a shortfall of K484 million.
Acting presidential press secretary Anthony Kasunda said the President feels honoured to be part of such a noble cause.
“The President is calling on all Malawians of goodwill to support this initiative because the players will be flying the country’s flag and their success will be a national pride,” he said.
The Flames are in Group B alongside Senegal’s Teranga Lions, Guinea’s Syli National and Zimbabwe’s Warriors.
Malawi will be making their third appearsnce at the continental showpiece.