Malawi President Joyce Banda has given Orange Partners K2 million (about $5 000) to top-up gate takings that were realised during the Charity Shield held on Saturday and Sunday.
Orange Partners, a youth wing of the ruling People Party, raised K10.1 million (about $25 000) during the two-day event that brought together champions Big Bullets, Mighty Wanderers, TNM defending champions Silver Strikers and Epac FC.
On both days, Civo Stadium was filled to capacity with soccer fans who paid K500 (about $1.25) for open stands.
Chairperson of the organising committee, George Tambala, said the money will be donated to flood victims in Nkhotakota, Nsanje, Chikhwawa and Karonga.
“With the K2 million donation from the first family, we now have K12.1 million (about $250). We could have collected more, but the covered and VIP stands were patronised with officials and senior people who entered the stadium for free,” said Tambala
Civo Stadium has a capacity of 20 000 spectators with open stands seating 15 000 fans.
Orange Partners injected K6.5 million (about $16 250) into the Shield.
Big Bullets won the trophy after beating Silver 3-1. They got K1 million (about $2 500) for their feat whereas Silver received K500 000 (about $1 250)s.
Top goalscorers Chimango Kayira and Gabadinho Mhango got K20 000 (about $50) each, Goalkeeper-of-the-Tournament Owen Chaima and man of the match Young Chimodzi Junior also received K20 000.
Silver Strikers and Epac got K300 000 (about $750) as participation fee.