Kaporo Stars owner Dikoni Chipanga Banda has withdrawn K2 million ($2 706) sponsorship for a pre-season bonanza that targeted Simama League top eight teams.
The development comes after the Karonga-based businessperson cited poor relationship with Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) officials.
Banda said in an interview that his decision was due to differences he has with NRFA officials.
“I am surprised with NRFA leadership. My focus has been to support football in the region, but their conduct just shows that they are not happy with what I am doing.
“My team Kaporo Stars earned fourth position in the 2015 Simama Premier League. To our surprise, we were not invited to the prize presentation ceremony that took place last Saturday in Mzuzu,” he said.
But NRFA chairperson Lameck Khonje urged Banda to fulfil the plegde he made to clubs.
“I find his reasons of withdrawing sponsorship not tangible. We communicated to him about the prize presentation ceremony. I personally talked to him on Friday about the event,” said Khonje.
Mchengautuwa chairperson FC David Katete, who speaks for the teams, said communication was made to teams, but on a short notice.