Dwangwa United FC on Monday got a timely boost from their former sponsors, Illovo Dwangwa, who gave them K30 million to cater for running the relegation-threatened TNM Super League outfit.
And to sweeten it more, Ethanol Company Limited also donated K2 million to the sugarcane-field side.
Before the donation, Illovo Dwangwa had been supporting the team with transport costs and finances. It also handed over Chitowe Stadium to help the team raise funds.
Speaking in an interview after presenting the cheque to the team, Illovo Dwangwa general manager Lal Bachan said the donation was done as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility.
“We feel very proud of our home grown team and believe it is rewarding to be associated with a team that has shown some success in the past and strives to do more at present.
“Football is a major game that is followed and loved by many Malawians. It is undeniable that football is part of most Malawians lives. It is for this reason that we saw it fit to assist the team,” he said.
Bachan said the company will continue to support the team on condition that they showcase good performance.
Upon receiving the donation, Dwangwa United FC trustee Felix Mphande expressed gratitude to the company for the donation, saying it will go a long way in assisting the team which is currently facing a number of challenges.
“This is good news to us and it could not come at a better time than now when the team is struggling financially. Running a team without sponsorship is hectic.
“We are therefore indebted to the club for the kind donation and we can assure the company that the money will be put to good use,” he said.
On his part, Illovo Dwangwa human resources manager Chrispine Chikwama said the assistance is aimed at improving the team’s chances of avoiding relegation.
“We are happy that the team is in the Super League and we want them to remain there,” he said.
Chikwama challenged the team to improve its results, arguing they will not have excuses related to lack of funding.
“We will be disappointed if they don’t survive relegation,” he said.
Chikwama further stated that similar financial support could follow if the team impresses in the top flight league.
“We do support this club in other avenues. For instance when they were campaigning in the Chipiku Central Region Football Association (CRFA) Premier League, we used to give them transport during their away matches. But such huge financial aid can only be made in future if the team survives and impresses in the league,” he said.
Reacting to the development, Dwangwa United vice-general secretary Chris Kalonga said they will use the funds to improve their squad during the ongoing transfer market.
“We are lacking goals in most of our games. We are hoping to buy strikers using these funds,” he said.
Kalonga further said that they will use the finances to motivate the players by paying them on time.