Integrated mobile network and ICT service provider TNM yesterday unveiled a partnership with Football Association of Malawi (FAM) that will see national football team coach Ronny Van Geneugden getting a K3 million-worth TNM Plus two-year contract.
The package comprises unlimited talk time for local calls, unlimited SMSs, 10 GB per month, free Wi-Fi plus a Samsung S7 handset worth K450 000.
TNM chief officer for consumer services Daniel Makata said as the biggest sponsor of football through the Super League, TNM felt obliged to partner with FAM in helping the Flames coach.
“As a brand, TNM is in football for the long-haul and is anxious to see the Flames doing well,” he said.
Makata said the package gives the new coach unlimited freedom to communicate with various stakeholders.
He said: “TNM has noted that the coach is actively engaging Super League teams in his quest to develop the game in Malawi, hence the phone accords him an opportunity to link with various stakeholders without hustles in his bid to change the fortunes of the Under 17, Under 20 and Senior National team.
“TNM will strive to contribute towards ensuring the national team in general and the coach in particular, operate with utmost efficiency and our TNM Plus contract package offers exactly that to both individuals and businesses. TNM believes that the Flames, being a national team, belong to all of us. It is, therefore, our collective responsibility to support them financially, materially and morally.”
In 2014, TNM also came forward to bail out the Flames with a K5 million donation that filled an outstanding budget deficit which stood in the way of preparations for 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
FAM commercial and marketing director Limbani Matola thanked TNM for the package, saying it will go a long way in making the coach work efficiently.
Geneugden said he appreciates the efforts being made by various stakeholders to ensure that his job is made easier.
“Every week, I am getting gifts,” he said.
This week,d the coach also received a vehicle from KIA through the company’s partnership with FAM.
Two weeks ago, Multichoice also donated a Esplora decoder to the national team coach. n