By Kondwani Kandiado
The Central Region Football Association (CRFA) on Monday unveiled a K2million football sponsorship in Mchinji by a young couple in the district thereby ending the sponsorship drought in the boarder district.
Speaking during the unveiling ceremony held at Rewards lodge in the district, wife to the sponsor, Lucy Joseph Amos said they felt obliged to pump in K2 Million sponsorship to help youth play competitive football.
“Sponsoring the league does not mean that my husband and i have alot of money but we just have the heart to help keep our youths in the district busy,” she said.
She then advised the steering Committee to ensure that there are no pockets of hooliganism saying such tendencies among teams spoil the game of football and tarnishes the sponsors’ image.
Speaking on behalf of the District Commissioner, Mchinji District Sports Officer, Martin Panyanja thanked the sponsor for the sponsorship saying it has come at the right time when most youth were idle.
He vowed that they would ensure that the league is run successfully so that it serves it’s intended purpose.
“We will ensure that there is no element of hooliganism during games and we are expecting the participating teams to comply to the set down rules of the game,” he said.
CRFA chairperson Austin Ajawa said he was delighted that they have secured football sponsorship in the district.
Ajawa said: “We are overwhelmed by this simple and young couple fishing out K2 million just for football. Now we see a revamp of football activities in the district.”
He said CRFA will ensure that violence has no room during and after games.
“Violence can make sponsors to withdraw sponsorship and as such we will ensure that there is no hooliganism during games, ” he said.
He said through the region’s Strategic Committe, they plan to lookout for more sponsorship for the remaining districts in the region to end the sponsorship drought.