The 2020/21 TNM Super League will be played under the theme NdiZotheka as sponsors TNM plc targets return of not just life, but football to normacly amid Covid-19.
Explaining the rationale behind the theme NdiZotheka, which means ‘it is possible’, TNM acting chief executive officer Arnold M’bwana said Malawi’s pioneer mobile technology provider would like to use the Super League as a gateway to unleashing endless possibilities and potentials.
He said: “We realise that football touches many lives and in different ways. In the 2020/21 season, we are looking at the league providing a platform for engaging people socially and economically.
“For example, those in the media can plug into the league for content advertising opportunities, those in retail trade can take advantage of actual games to bring their products closer to fans.
“In the social sector, an opportunity will be provided to raise awareness on national causes such as the case this year whereby we would like to use the opening game and subsequent ones as a medium to spread knowledge on how to stay safe in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic.”
The 2020/21 season marks the 14th year of TNM’s long-term sponsorship of the top-flight league.
“This season fans should expect more buzz and excitement as we will be coming with initiatives to improve the game,” he said.
M’bwana also welcomed three newly-promoted teams—Red Lions, Mafco and Ekwendeni Hammers—to the elite league:
“The brand welcomes them to the elite club. It can really get tough as Red Lions and Mafco can attest to this, but with proper planning survival is possible,” he said.
Meanwhile, TNM plc has called on all Super League stakeholders and Malawians to adhere to health guidelines in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.
“The pandemic has devastated the world and continues to cause panic among humans. I, therefore, urge all soccer fans adhere to the necessary protocols during the matches to prevent further spread of the pandemic,” said M’bwana.
Super League of Malawi general secretary Williams Banda said all was set for league to kick off.
He said: “To clubs and players: all best, let the good team win. To the supporters: let us observe the guidelines and protocals set by Ministry of Health and the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 to fight the pandemic.”
The league will relaunch with a fixture between defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets and Blue Eagles at Kamuzu Stadium.