TNM Super League will re-launch this Saturday under the theme ‘Living The Dream’, sponsors TNM plc have announced.
Silver Stadium will host the re-launch match between defending champions Be Forward and Silver Strikers.
Super League of Malawi (Sulom) released first-round fixtures last week.
However, it delayed announcing the venue of the re-launch match, sparking protests from fans and clubs.
Sulom general secretary Williams Banda said the delay was due to logistics as they were consulting sponsors TNM and the teams.
“After consultations we have settled for Silver Stadium which is home for Silver,” he said.
Meanwhile, TNM has lined up several activities to mark the kick-off.
The re-launch will start on Friday with a bash at Lilongwe Golf Club with music performances by Lucius Banda and Zembani Band, Anthony Makondetsa and Black Missionaries, Piksy and Phyzix.
The patrons will have to buy K1 000 TNM airtime to enter the show
Performances at the stadium on Saturday include acrobatics by Kufewa Acrobats, ball dribbling and juggling by Chigoli Soccer Academy.
TNM chief officer sales and marketing Daniel Makata said the 2018 season will build on the success of the 11 years sponsorship of the league.
He said: “After a decade in football, we are proud to be associated with the success of the last 10 years and we would like to build on this track record to make the dreams of soccer fans, players and clubs true in 2018 and beyond,” he said.
He said this year’s theme— Living the Dream, underscores the positive impact of TNM’s sponsorship.
Makata said this year’s season gives soccer lovers the opportunity to enjoy football along with the advancements in mobile technology by the sponsor.
“We are proud to be growing together with the Super League. If you look at the progress we have made as a sponsor, you will also note a corresponding growth in the Super League. Football standards have improved tremendously over the 10 years,” he said.
Makata said the growing interest by new clubs and entrants into the league underlines the growth of the game in Malawi, and urged club owners not to look back on their plans to become fully commercialised.
“TNM welcomes newly promoted clubs into the League, and we ask them to borrow a leaf from Kamuzu Barracks FC a season ago, when they grabbed the Super League trophy in their third season in the League after promotion,” he said, in reference to recently-promoted Karonga United, TN Stars and Nchalo United. n