Vice-President Saulos Chilima has urged the corporate world, especially the banking and telecommunication players, to support the Flames’ Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) participation fundraising initiative.
The Veep made the call during a Kuyipatsa Moto Flames Fundraising Golf Tournament held on Saturday at the Lilongwe Golf Club (LGF).
He said:”I would like to thank the corporate world. The appeal was sent and you have responded well but you must respond very well.
“We expect more donations, especially from the banking and telecommunications industry. You bank billions in profits and must do more to this cause.”
The tournament raised K73.4 million through sponsorships, registration fees, raffle draw and auction sales, beating the target of K30 million with almost 150 percent.
The Vice-President also asked Football Association of Malawi (FAM) to be accountable.
He said: “To FAM, these people have participated because you asked them. The best thank you to these people is to be accountable. Put the money to the right cause. We will demand accountability for our sweat. We wish the Flames the very best as we go forward. Do more and bring us glory.”
FAM first vice-president Justice Jabbar Alide, a High Court judge, and chairperson of the Flames Resource Mobilisation Task Force, said they will ensure that every penny raised is accounted for.
He said: “FAM has always been accountable for all the funds it receives from its partners and sponsors. We will do the same with these funds.”
Alide said they were thrilled with the response.
He said: “We are very impressed with the response . It has exceeded our expectations. I never expected we would beat the target by such a margin. We would like to thank corporates for their support. This was one of the best organised golf tournaments as per the words of the State Vice-President.
“Many thanks to the convener Brian Coombes and the LGC captain and the entire organising committee. This was a good start for our fundraising drive and we expect more exciting things ahead.”
FDH Bank plc Team B of Justin Mkandawire and Thando Sibindi emerged champions after beating a field of 140 golfers with a net of 67 points.
Mkandawire and Sibindi received a trophy, a Game Stores voucher worth K400 000, an M1 Electronics Voucher worth K100 000 and a Royal Motors Voucher Worth K80 000 each.
Ulemu Luganga and Edward Kauka playing as Team Britam 2, finished second with 68 points and they each received a trophy, a Chipiku Stores voucher worth K300 000, a K50 000 Royal Motors Voucher and a K50 000 M1 Electronics voucher
On third position with 70 points was Standard Bank Team 1 comprising Gray Kazima and David Medi.
The two walked away with a trophy, a K25 000 Chipiku voucher, a K30 000 Royal Motors Voucher and a K25, 000 M1 Electronics voucher each.
In the ladies category, Tamara Chafunya got the nearest to the pin on hole number 15 while Nkechi Anyanwu hit the longest drive on hole number one.
They both got a Spar voucher courtesy of Amaryllis Hotel.