Sixteen regional football league teams that qualified for the FDH Bank Cup round of 32 on Friday got the much-needed confidence boost after receiving K23 million worth of support from the sponsors.
During a symbolic presentation in Blantyre, the bank gave each team a set of uniform for 30 players, two match balls and K500 000 starter-pack as the regional league outfits joined 16 top-flight league teams in round of 16.
The 16 regional teams emerged the best in regional preliminary round that attracted 58 outfits while the elite-league teams were exempted.
FDH Bank (plc) senior manager (marketing and communication) Ronald Chimchere said: “As these regional league teams get into this national battles, they need adequate resources to competently compete against top league outfits.
“It was not easy for these teams to make it this far. As a bank that is very passionate about football development in particular and sports in general, we feel this equipment and money would be a boost as the regional sides fulfill their next fixtures.”
Kadona Stars general secretary Kelfas Makaranga Ngwira and his Immigration FC counterpart Ernest Muza, who played at Mpira Stadium in Blantyre yesterday, said the equipment and the cash were a motivation to their teams.
“We are very grateful to FDH Bank for this timely support, which will boost our confidence as we get into round of 32 battles,” said Ngwira, whose Nkhata Bay-based outfit has made it to the national stage on its debut season.
The 2022 edition of the FDH Bank Cup sponsored to the tune of K90 million, kicked off in May. Champions will be crowned in September.
Silver Strikers are the defending champions after they beat Ekwendeni Hammers 2-0 in last year’s final at the Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe