Malawi Government has described FISD Football Challenge Cup as a sign of good citizenship and patriotism by the company saying more local enterprises should come forward to assist in different sporting activities.
Representing Ministry of Labour, Sports, Youth and Manpower Development, Executive Secretary for Malawi National Council of Sports, George Jana said this during FISD Football Challenge Cup Launch at Chitowe Stadium in Nkhotakota.
Jana commended FISD Limited Company for increasing the sponsorship from MK45m last year to MK50m this year.
“We are impressed because FISD is wholly owned by Malawians, operating in Malawi and their contribution back to the community is important. Government has a lot of responsibilities to carry out and obviously it may not be possible to do everything, so when we have partners like these coming in, it may help us develop” he said.
The Secretary said it is the government’s desire to see the cup running through without violence as was the case with last year’s matches.
He highlighted the cup would help the country identify new talent from all corners of Malawi as it targets rural teams from 29 districts, the regions and super league.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) Executive Committee Member, Daudi Mtanthiko narrated the sponsorship means Malawi football is growing, and that with the coming of FISD increases the number of sponsorships on the plate.
Mtanthiko appealed to players to abide by the rules and regulations of football matches, “FAM is pleading with supporters, administrators and teams that they should at all times observe good conduct required in any activity including football matches.
“We do not want to force ourselves to take action against participants at all levels because they have failed to follow regulations. But if all is done and we feel there is need for us to penalise someone, those rules will guide us,” he said.
The FAM representative promised to work hand in hand with the sponsors. He promised that they would protect the cup against any violence as they did last year.
Executive Director of FISD, Moses Nyirenda said the sponsorship strives to help in eradicating food insecurity in Malawi through the promotion of irrigation farming.
He explained that the company expects good competition this year hence increasing the amount of money into the tournament.
Nyirenda said it is with pity to note that Malawians are failing to feed themselves despite being independent for many years.
“Football is world’s number one sport and is a cloud puller, many people like football. We want to use it as a platform for disseminating information about irrigation and water projects. We are trying to promote some technology as a country to overcome food insecurity in the country through solar powered irrigation.
“We are working hard to preach the message about importance of irrigation to develop our nation throughout the country so that the whole population emulates the system regardless of where they are.
During the launch, Fikiza FC from Salima played against Nkhotakota All Stars FC where the former won 7 (2):6 (2) through post match penalties.