Simama and Sons (Simso), sponsors of the Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) Premier League, have pledged continued sponsorship for the league.
The league’s sponsor Bishop Abraham Simama made the commitment through Football Association of Malawi (FAM) second vice-president Othaniel Hara during the prize presentation ceremony held in Karonga on Saturday.
This was the first time for NRFA to hold prize presentation in Karonga as the ceremony has traditionally been held in Mzuzu.
Simso pumps in K5 million towards the sponsorship while Superior & Flora Cooking Oil contributes K2 million.
Chitipa United were officially crowned 2018 champions and received K2 million, runners-up Bolero United of Rumphi got K1 million, third-placed Fish Eagles from Mzuzu took home K600 000 while Ekwendeni Hammers, who finished fourth, got K300 000.
Hara urged Chitipa United to prepare well for the top-flight TNM Super League.
He also commended teams for observing discipline throughout the season.
“Let me congratulate Chitipa United on winning the championship. It was not easy as the competition was stiff.
“It is our hope that you will continue to work hard so that you should stay in the top league. The sponsor has also sent me to tell you that they are happy with the way the league was run last season,” said Hara.
Chitipa team manager Robert Mziza assured that this time around, they will stay put in the Super League.
“I know that you are expecting a lot from us. We promise to do everything possible to stay in the Super League,” he said.
NRFA general secretary (GS) Masiya Nyasulu said the league will present individual awards on March 5 in Mzuzu.
“The individual awards range from top goal-scorer, most disciplined team and the media,” he said.