TNM, sponsors of the top-flight Super League, have lined up a number of activities next week to celebrate their 10-year romance with the flagship football league.
According to a press release from the mobile network service provider, the activities will run from January 16.
The company’s head of sales and distribution Protazio Mthethe said it was only proper to celebrate the10-year marriage that has contributed significantly to the development of football in the country.
“In the past 10 years, the Super League has helped identify talent from different clubs and districts within the country which in turn, have benefited the national teams and other countries in Africa that have tapped into this pool. As sponsors, we are humbled to be associated with this success.
“One cannot talk about football in the Malawi without mentioning TNM. It is our hope that this sponsorship will continue to uplift the standards of football. Our commitment towards football is unwavering as evidenced by the fact that we continue to invest significantly in the league,” said Mthethe.
He added: “You may note that between 2013 and 2015, TNM grew its expenditure towards the Super League sponsorship by 33 percent from K105 million to K140 million in 2015. All this is a manifestation of TNM’s passion to take the game to another level.”
Mthethe also hailed the league administrators and other stakeholders for the roles they played in making the league a success.
He said as part of the celebrations, TNM has launched a promotion in which football fans are given the opportunity to form an 18-member squad from all TNM Super League teams excluding newly-crowned champions Kamuzu Barracks.
“Fans can vote by sending an SMS to 1515 after which they will be prompted to vote for their favourite player and coaches [goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, striker, coach and team manager], each SMS will cost K50,” said Mthethe.
The selected team will play against KB in Lilongwe on January 21 and the winner will walk away with K2 million. Twenty lucky voters will each win K10 000 worth of airtime (10 winners every three days).
“Other activities lined up include unveiling of a TV documentary that relives the last decade, a K3 million worth of corporate social responsibility initiative by the 2016 champions and the climax shall be a cocktail event that will also reward 2016 season winners plus an outstanding team for the last decade.
“For social media enthusiasts, through TNM Twitter and Facebook pages, soccer lovers shall be engaged in sharing of throwback photos to remind each other of exciting TNM Super League moments of the last decade. Images with the most likes shall be rewarded with exciting prizes,” Mthethe further said. n