Super League sides Silver Strikers and TN Stars will face off at Kasungu Stadium this Sunday in a match the Lilongwe based Church Good News Ministries has organised to fundraise for its operations.
Confirming the match, the organising committee’s spokesperson Hudson Joel Phiri said the target is to use football to change lives of the youth.
“Football is a globally known game. This is why we are using it as a vehicle to reach out to the youth who we want to urge against being engaged in ill-behaviours,” he told ZBS radio.
Phiri said plans are underway to organise a bigger tournament which will involve more teams.
“We have earmarked teams from Blantyre and the Central Region which we want to take part in the next tournament,” he said.
Meanwhile, Silver general secretary Lawrence Yobe said they agreed to take part in the match after the ministry showed commitment to fulfil the agreed terms.
He said among other conditions, the religious institution has met the clubs administration costs as well as pledging to pay appearance fees and prize money.
“Appearance fee has been pegged at K500 000 for each team. The winner will pocket an extra K1 million. We are pleased to reach this agreement after discussions which started last year,” Yobe told The Nation yesterday.
One of TN Stars directors Wisdom Chimgwede said they are treating the match seriously as it will help them prepare for the new season.
“The game comes at an opportune time when as a team we are re-assembling and looking forward to Airtel Top 8 and TNM Supper League. We are taking this opportunity seriously and shall want to see our players’ hunger after a long break,” he said. n