Football Association of Malawi (FAM) will this year introduce a Charity Shield to be competed for by TNM Super League, Carlsberg Cup and Standard Bank Knockout Cup champions.
FAM intends to stage the inaugural Charity Shield, which has already secured sponsorship, in April just a week before the TNM Super League season kicks off.
The idea of a Charity Shield was hatched in the FAM president Walter Nyamilandu’s manifesto and got the approval of the executive committee last Sunday.
The Charity Shield is the association’s way of fulfilling corporate social responsibility, according to FAM general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda.
“It was also proposed that FAM should engage the football fraternity in charity works including massive tree planting and blood donations drive before the Charity Shield match is played,” said Nyirenda.
“The meeting also agreed that FAM should secure more donor partners in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention among football players from the grassroots to the elite football and other related national causes using football as a vehicle to spread important information.”
Meanwhile, the competitions subcommittee has been tasked with coming up with the terms of reference.
Head of competitions subcommittee Jabbar Alide, while confirming the development, said the secretariat had the details for the project.
But FAM competition manager Gomezgani Zakazaka said they were yet to discuss the nitty-gritty of the Charity Shield.
“The executive committee meeting approved the proposal for the Charity Shield.
“We will meet on the implementation process at management level.
“The competition subcommittee will then meet before the end of the month to draw up a 2016 calendar which will detail all the competitions for the year,” Zakazaka said.
Malawi never had a permanent Charity Shield sanctioned and sponsored by the association and this will be the first of its kind.
Big Bullets are the Super League champions while Be Forward Wanderers and Civo United are the current holders of the Carlsberg Cup and Standard Bank Knockout Cup respectively.n