Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has received official assurances from all its tournament sponsors that they will bankroll their cup competitions despite effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The sponsors are Foundation for Irrigation and Sustainable Development (Fisd) Limited who bankroll the Fisd Challenge Cup, FDH Bank who will be sponsoring the FDH League Cup and Airtel Malawi, sponsors of the Airtel Top 8.
FAM commercial and marketing director Limbani Matola said they held a meeting with Fisd Limited in Lilongwe on Friday, which he described as fruitful.
He said: “We have now met all our tournament sponsors and all of them have said we should include them in our delayed calendar. They have committed their sponsorship.
“We also briefed them on the plans to beam the matches on television in the event that the games are played without spectators. So, we had fruitful meetings.”
On his part, FAM president Walter Nyamilandu said: “We continue to engage and consult our sponsors regularly and they are up to speed with the developments and progress.
“They have all expressed willingness to bounce back once we have received necessary approval from the authorities. Essentially, they are ready to fit with the revised football calendar. Thus they understand the challenges that we are facing, bearing in mind that no sector has been spared by Covid-19.”
Fisd communications and marketing manager Wezzie Chiumia confirmed that they have assured FAM that they will fit in their proposed revised calendar.
He said: “As always say, we are committed to whatever promise we made and we will see out our Fisd Challenge Cup contract despite the Covid-19 challenges. It was a fruitful meeting we had with FAM.”
FDH Bank marketing manager Ronald Chimchere also confirmed having committed to sponsor their debut tournament.
“We have assured them that we will fulfil our commitments despite the challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.