Premier mobile network provider TNM has come forward to bail out the Flames with a K5 million donation to fill an outstanding budget deficit that stood in the way of preparations for 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers.
Presenting the donation to Football Association of Malawi (FAM) at TNM’s Head office in Blantyre, Chief Commercial Officer Dan Makata said TNM felt duty bound to assist the Flames campaign as the TNM brand is synonymous with Malawi football.
“TNM as the biggest sponsor of football through the Super League feels obliged to come to the rescue of our national team. As a brand, TNM is in football for long-term and is anxious to see the Flames qualify. Anything we can do to clear any hurdles they may face, we are always keen to do it, and this donation reaffirms that commitment,” he said.
Makata said TNM remains passionate about football development and will continue to explore more innovative avenues of raising funds for clubs and the national team.
“Our innovative approach to creating financial sustainability and soundness of clubs, that hitherto were either struggling financially or bankrupt, has proved effective as witnessed through the Sapota Mapeto SMS promotion. We are ready to go the next step to ensure that we contribute to the financial stability of the Flames. They’re are our pride and we can’t afford to let them down,” he said.
FAM President Walter Nyamirandu was all smiles when he received the donation.