HTD pumps in K20 million for Beach Soccer Championship


The Malawi Beach Soccer Association will no longer have to worry about the absence of the national championship in the country as HTD has committed K20 million to the cause. 

HTD and Football Association of Malawi (FAM) signed the agreement on Wednesday in Blantyre. 

The company's Chief Executive Officer Harris Sidik said for a long time they have been involved in sports development especially beach soccer in the country.

"I have always been a passionate about soccer in Malawi, HTD has been involved in so many soccer activities. Am sure Walter [Nyamilandu] would attest to our involvement over the past years. So it came naturally when l saw the plea by FAM to get sponsorship for beach soccer. I knew right there l had to come in and assist in any way possible. 

"I sincerely hope it will help improve the quality of beach soccer in Malawi. Am sure those in business know how volatile our economy is and remaining in business has become an extreme sport. But l knew l had to do something to assist regardless of our current challenges as my decision was driven mostly by passion.

"It is time we as Malawians take a stand and be the change we want to see. beach soccer is more than a sport but a fusion of culture and our heritage as we showcase our beautiful Malawi," he said.

FAM president, Walter Nyamilandu commended HTD for the support.

"For them to support the growing sport is the sign of their commitment to develop beach soccer in the country. We want to grow the sport by scouting talent in the five zones and this will go along way in achieving that through the Championship," Nyamilandu said.

The Championship will involve champions from five zones namely Mangochi, Nkhotakota, Nkhatabay, Karonga and Salima. 

Recently, the Association lunched a fundraising drive to raise funds for a Championship.

The Association's president also available at the function, Gift Chimbalanga thanked HTD and FAM saying it has come at the right time when the national team is expected to travel to Tanzania for a second leg match of the AFCON qualifiers.

Malawi won the first leg 3-2 played at Livingstonia Beach.