The 2017 Super League season will be launched under ‘A Decade of Soccer’ theme as sponsors TNM hit 10 years of sponsorship.
All roads will tomorrow lead to Civo Stadium in Lilongwe where defending champions Kamuzu Barracks and Be Forward Wanderers clash in the re-launch match.
TNM chief officer for consumer services Daniel Makata said all is set for the league, which TNM has been sponsoring since 2006.
He said: “We have decided on the theme—A Decade of Soccer—to build the celebration of an exciting and uninterrupted decade of football sponsorship in Malawi that has contributed significantly to the development of the sport in the country.”
He said the launch of the 2017 elite league in the country re-affirms TNM’s commitment towards uplifting standards of football.
Makata looked back to a thrilling 2016 season in which Kamuzu Barracks defied the odds to get the league honours and in the process re-write Malawi’s soccer history.
He also urged new entrants to the league to stand up and be counted in Malawi’s elite football competition.
“It is with great pleasure that I welcome new entrants Chitipa United, Masters Security Services and Blantyre United to elite football. The going does get tough for new entrants, but with proper preparations and a strategic approach, they can become well established in a very short time,” said Makata.
TNM has also appealed to teams, fans and all football stakeholders to exercise discipline, curb hooliganism and sustain the spirit of football as a family sport.
To mark the kick off of the season, the integrated ICT and mobile network service provider has lined up a number of activities aimed at creating fun and entertainment at Civo Upper Stadium.
Super League of Malawi (Sulom) general secretary Williams Banda said apart from the re-launch match, there will be music performances and a photo-shoot opportunity with the TNM Super League trophy.
“There will also be a match between Under-15 teams before the official season kick-off game between KB and the Nomads,” he said. n
Kamuzu Barracks vs Be Forward Wanderers @ Civo Stadium, Chitipa United vs Nyasa Big Bullets @ Mzuzu Stadium, PremierBet Wizards FC vs Silver Strikers @ Mulanje Park Stadium, Dwangwa United vs Masters Security FC @ Chitowe Stadium
Epac FC vs Mafco FC @ Civo Stadium, Moyale vs Nyasa Big Bullets @ Mzuzu Stadium, Azam Tigers vs Silver Strikers @ Kalulu Stadium, Blue Eagles vs Mzuni FC @ Nankhaka, Red Lions vs Blantyre United @ ZACC Ground.