The Southern Region Football League (SRFL) and its sponsor Peter Mutharika yesterday contradicted on the logistics concerning the prize presentation ceremony after its conclusion a month ago.
SRFL chairperson Trouble Kalua said yesterday they are waiting to hear from their sponsor.
Said Kalua: “As per requirement, soon after winding up the league, we communicated to the sponsor and we are yet to get feedback on the way forward.”
However, Ben Phiri, Mutharika’s aide and coordinator of the competition, sharply contradicted the SRFL boss saying: “I am hearing it from you, the media, that the league has concluded. We are yet to get reports from the organisers.
“Once that is done, we are ready to do the prize presentation.”
But when Kalua was informed about Phiri’s response, he said: “Oh? Then I do not know what to say.”
Mutharika signed a three-year K15 million sponsorship (K5 million per season) deal with SRFL, which has now wound up.
However, at the start of the just-ended season, Mutharika through Phiri, announced that he would withdraw the sponsorship, citing political interference as one of the reasons, but the decision was rescinded later.
Chikhwawa United emerged the champions in the Premier Division to earn promotion into the top-flight Super League whereas Surestream Academy were the champions in Division One.
Mutharika also sponsors the three regional women’s football leagues.
In a related development, the Chipiku Central Region Football League (CRFL) has announced that prize presentation ceremony will be held this Saturday at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe.
According to the league’s general secretary Bernard Chiwiru-wiru-Harawa, the ceremony delayed due to other logistical and administrative issues.
It is reported that the Simama Northern Region Football League (NRFL) prize ceremony is awaiting the outcome of the case in which Mzuzu University are contesting Karonga United’s championship. The issue is in the hands of FAM arbitration committee.