China-based women’s football star Tabitha Chawinga says her newly-established business 11 Investments has taken over sponsorship of two Central Region Women’s Football League clubs DD Sunshine and TC 11.
The Malawi National Women’s Football Team captain said until recently, she had been personally bankrolling the two teams.
She said: “I have been sponsoring DD Sunshine for the past couple of years while TC 11 is a relatively new team which I launched recently.
“But there was no proper system of sponsorship as the funds were directly coming from me.
“Now that I have set up 11 Investments, I decided that it will be responsible for the sponsorship of the two teams. In that way there will be order in the way we operate.”
11 Investments administration manager Gilbert Manda said they expect to spend in excess of K11 million on the two teams this season.
He said: “We are committed to developing women football because it gave Tabitha the platform to be where she is today.
“It does not mean that she has a lot of money, but she is trying to give back to the sport that helped her realise her dreams. She wants to see some of the girls to develop and play professional football overseas.”
Besides sponsoring the two teams, Chawinga also pays school fees for some of the players.
Among others, 11 Investments is involved in designing, printing, photocopying, scanning and laminating business. It is housed in Glalle Complex in Area 49, Lilongwe.