A Zambian businessperson, Clever Mpoha, of Savenda International, has donated a 64-seater bus to Northern Region Super League side, Chitipa United FC.
Chitipa United general secretary Marshal Mwenechanya said the sponsor’s home village is just across the Zambian border, hence, he felt obliged to assist the team.
He said: “This thing started a long way back soon after we earned promotion into the Super League. We approached the businessperson for support and he committed himself to help. Here we are, he has given us a 64-seater bus. Meanwhile, the bus is in Lilongwe for registration and branding. The good thing is that when the team is not travelling, the bus will still be used to generate income for the team.”
Mwenechanya said official bus unveiling ceremony will be done in Chitipa after the registration and branding.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has since described the donation as unique, coming at a time when the team needs all the motivation to remain in the TNM Super League.
“As FAM, we consider this as a very unique gesture coming from our neighbours in Zambia. You might need to know that transport is the most vital thing for every team to operate well. I am aware that the bus will be generating money when the team is not travelling. On such arrangement, the team will be eased of financial burden it was earlier experiencing,” explained FAM second vice-president Orthaniel Hara.
Meanwhile, Super League of Malawi (Sulom) general secretary Williams Banda has urged Malawians to emulate the gesture demonstrated by the Zambian businessperson.
“It is sad that we waited for a Zambian to assist our team,” he said.
Chitipa finished the first round of the 16-team league at the bottom with 11 points from 15 games played.
They lost 10 games, drew two and won three. n