Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has granted a licence to Luso Television (TV), making the firm eligible to host the two-legged Bus Ipite Football Bonanza involving age-old rivals Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers.
“We have now formalised the event and Luso TV can conduct the bonanza. Initially, we provided them with a provisional licence because there were some grey areas that needed to be cleared,” said FAM general secretary Alfred Gunda during a press briefing at Mpira Village in Chiwembe, Blantyre on Friday.
This means all is set for the bonanza’s first-leg encounter at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre tomorrow. The second-leg will be played on January 2 2017 at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe where the successful team in the two games will take home a 26-seater Nissan Civillian Bus worth K25 million.
During the briefing, Luso TV manager Dick Juma, who was accompanied by the firm’s managing director Kendall Kamwendo, said they are happy that finally there is nothing that can stop them from hosting the competition.
The briefing also saw Kamwendo presenting the bus’s ownership documents and keys to Gunda, symbolising that the vehicle is now in FAM’s hands.
According to FAM competitions manager Gomezgani Zakazaka, only players that are registered in the TNM Super League will be allowed to feature in the bonanza and that footballers that were booked during league games will be allowed to play.
“In spite of that, the winner will be decided on aggregate scores and not on away goal basis. Wanderers will be playing at home on Monday while Bullets will consider Civo as their home ground,” he said. n