Super League of Malawi (Sulom) yesterday unveiled sponsors for man-of-match and coach of the month awards to the tune of K10 million.
Lilongwe Beverages Limited has pumped in K7.5 million for man-of-the-match award while Aspire Trading has committed K2.5 million for the coach of the month accolade.
Sulom president Innocent Bottoman said the awards will go a long way in promoting the quality and competitiveness of the league.
The sponsorship will see each award winner of 240 games played in a season receiving K15 000 and a miniature trophy.
Following the sponsorship the man-of-match will be called SPA Water Man of the Match.
In another new award, a player who scores the first goal of every match will now receive K10 000.
This will be called SPA Water Deadlock Breaker.
“Therefore, a total of K25 000 will be awarded in game unless if the game ends without a goal,” said Sulom general secretary Williams Banda.
Lilongwe Beverages Limited director Odury Sudhakar said his company is excited with the partnership.
‘’Our brand represents quality, innovation and is people oriented. It, therefore, seemed very natural for us to partner with Sulom after seeing the extent of how the game of football is loved in this country,” he said.
Coach of the month, to be selected by an independent panel of judges in liaison with the National Football Coaches Association. will receive K100 000, a miniature and will be called Aspire Coach of the Month.
Speaking on behalf of Aspire Trading, Zacharia Nyirenda, said they noted the vulnerability of the coaches when a team is going through a rough patch regardless of the coach’s ability or previous results.