TNM Super League of Malawi sponsorship in the just-ended season doubled the K65 million that is on paper to sustain the league.
TNM revealed this in an interview with Weekend Nation on Wednesday to commemorate what they described as “a very successful season”.
“On paper the sponsorship amount is K65 million, but this year we spent more than double that amount on the league according to the economy. This shows our commitment to developing football in the country. We have been very flexible as to ensure that the league is a success,” said TNM public relations and sponsorship manager Limbani Nsapato.
He said due to increase in prices of goods and also an additional K4.5 million communication equipment for referees, the figure for equipment alone went up from K29.1 million to K57.6 million. The equipment includes uniforms for teams and referees, golf shirts, scoreboards, bips and balls.
The opening and closing ceremonies, including prize presentation [which took place last night] consumed K23 million instead of K4 million that is written in the contract.
Nsapato said, among other expenditure, TNM spent K6.5 million on referees and stewards’ workshops organised by Sulom. They also gave out K1 million subvention to each of the 15 clubs in the league while prize money added up to K22 million, including team awards, individual awards and player of the month awards.
Nsapato pledged TNM’s continued support for the league.
“The season just-ending was one of the toughest in recent times. Moyale Barracks, Big Bullets and Blue Eagle put up a real show until the decider a fortnight ago. We congratulate Bullets for the win after a decade of trying. That is not a mean achievement,” he said.
Sulom president Innocent Bottoman thanked TNM for their commitment and said they will continue to strive to run the league well.
“Of course, we had other challenges, but we did well overall. We are thankful to TNM for being positive on our efforts to make the league better,” said Bottoman.
However, Bottoman admitted that his organisation needs to be more firm on player transfer procedures and ensuring that teams pay for players before using them.