Mpira M’mudzi Mwathu, a non-governmental organisation formed by National Youth Football Association chairperson Chimango Munthali, has organised a trip to Zambia to cheer the Malawi Under-23 national team when it faces the hosts in Under-23 Afcon qualifier on March 24.
The first leg will be played on March 20 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
Munthali said they decided to organise the trip to give the team has moral support in the away second leg.
“As Mpira M’mudzi Mwathu, we realise the importance of player number 12 [supporters]; hence, mobilising supporters to travel to Lusaka and support our team.
“The plan is to have transport from the three regions on March 23 and return soon after the match. By Wednesday, we will know how much each person will contribute for this fun-packed road-trip to Lusaka,” he said.
Munthali said the trip has three categories.
“Gold category covers transport, match ticket and one night accommodation. Silver category covers transport and match ticket while bronze category covers transport only,” he said.
According to Munthali, Mpira M’mudzi Mwathu has already engaged Football Association of Malawi (FAM) on the initiative.
“We will soon be reaching out to Malawians based in Lusaka through the Malawi Embassy in Zambia to join us. We will be reaching out to organisations to join in sponsoring this initiative through supporting the bus hire costs, fuel , dressing all the supporters in Flames red T-shirts, food refreshments and accommodation,” he said.
Mpira M’mudzi Mwathu has also partnered with Football Journalists Association (FJA) for its members to travel with the group.
“In this initiative, all FJA paid-up members will pay a subsidised amount for any selected package,” he said.
FJA chairperson Joy Ndovi thanked Mpira M’mudzi Mwathu for the initiative.
“We appreciate the crucial role that supporters play in raising the morale of the team when it is playing away. The fact that football journalists will also be able to accompany the group at a subsidised contribution puts the icing on the cake,” he said.