Super League of Malawi sponsor, TNM, has expressed interest in having football clubs as dealers in their products and services so that they can widen their income generation base.
The mobile network service provider made the indication on Friday at the final draw of the TNM Sapota Mapeto Promotion at Sunbird Mount Soche in Blantyre where Big Bullets maintained their lead.
TNM head of marketing Sobhuza Ngwenya said all Super League teams will be allowed to register as wholesalers in various products and services such as airtime, handsets and dongles for free.
“Super League clubs are free to register as TNM dealers and they will be given starter-packs. Clubhouses should be distribution hubs of our products and services so that teams can have a wider base for income generation on top of the rewards from the Sapota Mapeto SMS campaign,” said Ngwenya.
He said the dealership will continue to be valid even after the teams get relegated.
While describing the initiative as a welcome development, Big Bullets general secretary Higger Mkandawire and Mighty Wanderers chairperson George Chamangwana thanked TNM for helping them earn extra revenue through the Sapota Mapeto Promotion.
The final draw revealed that between November and December, Bullets made K336 735 (US$806). Wanderers obtained K289 779 (US$693) whereas Silver collected K52 185 (US$125). A soccer fan whose mobile number is 08 88 124 790 won a 42 inch LG TV screen while five supporters won handsets. Others won hand radios, soccer balls and T-shirts.
Since the start of the promotion in June 2013, Bullets has made close to K6 million. Wanderers and Silver Strikers finished on second and third positions with K5 million (US$11 961) and K1 million (US$2 392) respectively.
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