BY BLAIR MHONE
With the 2022 football season around the corner, NBS Bank has partnered Football Association of Malawi (FAM) to sponsor this year’s Charity Shield to the tune of K15 million.
The game is slated for this Saturday at the Kamuzu Stadium where TNM Super League Champions Nyasa Big Bullets and FDH Bank Cup Champions Silver Strikers will battle it out.
The proceeds from the match will go towards Tropical Storm Ana flood victims in Lower Shire districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje.
According to NBS, Chief Executive Officer Kwanele Ngwenya the bank felt it is their duty to help the floods victims and football offers the biggest platform to generate more funds.
“When a country’s people are in need, it must become the agenda for every corporate and citizen to be a part of providing a solution. Many have been affected by the natural disaster that has happened most recently and NBS Bank feels that these heart-breaking scenes of people having their homes destroyed and their belongings washed way are an opportunity to use our resources to offer hope to others.
“NBS Bank has always supported the community in which it operates. We are today extending this support to not only to fulfill our social responsibility, but also support FAM in bringing the Malawian people their most beloved game through this Charity Shield”, said Ngwenya.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu thanked NBS Bank for rescuing the association following the exit of previous sponsors Eco Bank.
“We know there is a cause to support flood victims in the Lower Shire. So, the time is ripe where the bank can play an active role in supporting these victims. Every penny realised from this competition will be channeled towards the flood victims.
“Let me welcome NBS Bank back to the world of football. We have been waiting for this opportunity for a very long time. When we heard the news that NBS Bank will sponsor the Charity Shield we were very excited.
“We have foot print in the country everywhere as football is played in every district where NBS Bank is also visible. We are looking forward to this opportunity of working together to promote your brand and to also let you play a role in developing football,” said Nyamilandu.
“This window of opportunity is huge coming at a time Malawi national team did very well at the recent Africa Cup of Nations we needed some form of appreciation from the corporate world and the bank is the first institution to come forward and partner football because of the fruits that the people of Malawi were able to see at Africa Cup of Nations,” he added
The Charity Shield was introduced in 2016 and involves national league champions and national cup winners.