Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and TopSports yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the management of the Zambezi International Soccer Challenge.
The signing of the MoU followed FAM’s move to certify the tournament after agreeing on the logistics such as prize money, format and players’ appearance fee.
“This means the competition is licensed and TopSports can now go ahead to stage it on February 15 and 16 as planned because we are happy with the terms,” said FAM competitions officer Gomezgani Zakazaka.
Commenting on the eligibility of Silver Strikers and Mighty Wanderers, who were recently banned by Sulom for the violence that occurred in Balaka, Zakazaka said: “The consultation process is still on, but as at now, our position is that since the two teams have appealed, they can be given the benefit of the doubt unless the Sulom appeals committee upholds the earlier decision.”
TopSports events manager Nicole Alibaba said voting for the participating teams is underway and is open to all 15 Super League teams.
“The numbers to be used are 08 88831484 and 09 94279070 and fans can vote for one team of their choice. The process will go on for two weeks,” said Alibaba.
She also said voting can also be done through their Facebook page called ‘TopSports’.
TopSports operations manager Kelvin Moyo said they have secured a sponsor for the two-day tournament that will be unveiled at an appropriate time.
“The sponsor is an NGO and wants to use the tournament to promote awareness of this year’s tripartite elections,” said Moyo.