First Capital Bank (FCB) has announced increased sponsorship of the Under 20 National youth league from k30 million to k35 million at a pre-season cocktail launch held on Thursday at the bank’s head quarters in Blantyre.
Chief Executive Officer for the bank Thomas Kadamtoti said they have decided to increase the sponsorship as they are impressed with the increase in number of young players in the TNM Super League who were spotted playing in the under 20 league.
Kadamtoti further said that the under 20 league inspires a lot of young talented players as the league contributes players to the junior national teams to represent the country in different tournaments.
Taking his turn Brian Mungomo who is First Capital Bank’s marketing manager said they are happy to be part of football development in the country.
“As a bank we are happy to be part of football development in the country which is not an easy thing and we though of increasing sponsoring to nature more talent,”
“we are impressed seeing the likes of Gerald Phiri jnr and Gabadinyo Mhango who are playing professional football in South Africa and started their careers in the under 20 league and as a bank we are happy, and that is an achievement to us and we expect to have more players going professional who have passed through the under 20 league”, Mungomo said.
Mungomo also said that they are considering to extend the league to other districts as its currently played in few districts.
“We started with 3 districts and now the league is played in 14 districts and as time goes we are considering to extend the league to other districts which don’t have the league as of now as we continue sponsoring the league “, Mungomo said.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu who graced the function commended First Capital Bank for increasing sponsorship of the junior league which is a foundation for the future Flames.
“The future for us is bright as the league will still nature more players for the future Flames and with the sponsorship increased and FCB still being in football we will be able to reach as far as the schools and develop players as the league lays a foundation for the national team,”
“The league is vital to us as in the past we were unable to assemble junior national teams for different tournaments but these days it’s easy as we know we will be able to assemble a strong side which will be able to deliver full of players from the league or have passed through the league “, Nyamilandu said.
The bank started sponsoring the under 20 league in 2009 to the tune of k4 million and started in three districts when the bank was called First Merchant Bank and sponsorship has been increasing over the years with the bank re-branded to First Capital Bank, the league is now in 14 districts with sponsorship raised to k35 million.