TNM Plc, sponsors of TNM Super League, will the unveil new mascot Katswiri tomorrow during the Blantyre derby between Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
TNM public relations and sponsorship manager Limbani Nsapato said the mascot is a sporty and funny character.
He said the mascot will go around the league match venues cheering with the fans and also dishing out plenty of goodies to fans for good sociable behaviour during football matches.
Nsapato said the introduction of Katswiri demonstrates the progress TNM is making in its long-term sponsorship of the league.
“TNM is a responsive and innovative sponsor. We are moving in tune with worldwide trends in football. When we were faced with a hooliganism problem, we invented the ‘Shasha’ mascot to help nurture order and promote harmony in the game.
“Now that we’re in the Pokopoko season which is about more noise and excitement with football, here comes Katswiri to amplify the fun and noise in the stadiums,” he said.
Nsapato said everyone who loves football can be their own ‘Katswiri’, meaning expert or genius in their chosen respective right.
“As a soccer fan, you can be a Katswiri by displaying sociable and peaceful fan behaviour. As a player, you are a Katswiri when you play to the best of your ability and help your team win games. As a soccer commentator, you can be a Katswiri based on your knowledge of the game.
“As a referee, you can be a Katswiri with good oversight skills. As a football administrator, you can be a Katswiri by effectively and proactively managing your club, or sphere of influence within football.
“So Katswiri is the jack of all trades and does everything to perfection to bring more cheer and distinction in the stadia,” he said.
Nsapato said soccer fans should look forward to active engagement from Katswiri which in turn should inspire them to vigorously cheer for their players and clubs.
“As the super league is progressing, we would like to ignite the passion from supporters and Katswiri comes in as an ideal ingredient,” he said.
He said fans should look forward to a line-up of exciting events and activities that Katswiri will participate in and outside the stadiums.
Meanwhile, the league sponsors have announced that the Blantyre derby will be streamed live on TNM Facebook page to give soccer fans across the globe an opportunity to watch the actionlive.
Bullets supporters director Stone Mwamadi and Wanderers supporters committee chairperson Melvin Nkunika applauded TNM for deciding to unveil the mascot during the Blantyre derby.