Master Security yesterday unveiled a three-year K10.2 million sponsorship for 2016 Southern Region Football League at Football Association of Malawi’s (FAM) Mpira House in Blantyre.
The sponsorship is a relief to Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) after their bad experience last season when previous sponsors Nsejjere Sports Wear, refused to commit to a promise to sponsor the league.
Master Security Company managing director Alfred Gangata made an upfront sponsorship payment of K3 million during the contract signing ceremony.
“We are making K3 million upfront payment to show our commitment to this partnership. However, it is our hope that our company will as well benefit from this relationship and that our image will not be tarnished,” said Gangata.
According to Gangata, the K10.5 million package is for the 2016 season and the package will be revised annually.
SRFA chairperson Raphael Humba, who was accompanied by FAM president Walter Nyamilandu and his deputy James Mwenda, said they are finally relieved with the timely support.
“Now I can confidently say I have graduated from zero to hero with this financial support. Master Security has rescued us from the jungle of insults,” said Humba.
“The problems we faced last season taught us a lesson. We will protect this hard-earned sponsorship.”
On his part, Nyamilandu, who was guest of honour, thanked the security firm for assisting the country’s oldest league.
“Malawi’s football history was about to be erased due to lack of sponsorship in the SRFA. It is my prayer that the company should receive more blessings because of what they have done to Malawi football today,” he said.
According to Humba, following the new sponsorship, prizes for the 2016 season have also increased.
“Premier Division champions will take home K2 million up from last season’s K1.5 million while Division One winners will get K850 000 from last year’s K500 000,” he said.
The SRFA League is expected to kick off alongside the TNM Super League on April 9 and teams will pay K160 000 registration fee which has been adjusted upwards from last year’s K140 000.n