By Mphatso Malidadi:
Super League sponsor, TNM plc, will launch a Player-of-the-Month award to be voted for by supporters.
This was announced on Wednesday during the first draw of the Poko- Poko Zampira Promotion at the company’s headquarters in Blantyre.
TNM Head of Marketing, Sobhuza Ngwenya, said the award was an additional incentive to both fans and clubs and would promote active engagement of soccer fans throughout the season.
“The Player-of-the- Month award will be voted for by soccer fans themselves via SMS. We remain committed to creating a platform for active engagement of soccer fans in addition to traditional activities such as the predict-and-win with Zampira Promotion.
“The player awards underscore this commitment. Now there will be something for everyone. We will continue to innovate to ensure that soccer fans, players and clubs all have a reason to smile every season,” Ngwenya said.
He said soccer fans would be voting based on a short-list of five players every month.
“For the month of June, we worked in consultation with Super League of Malawi to shortlist five players who were outstanding. Afterwards, supporters will be given a chance to vote for their best player. The player to get the most votes will receive K100, 000,” Ngwenya said.
The shortlisted players for June are Micium Mhone of Blue Eagles, Be Forward Wanderers’ Babatunde Adepoju, Peter Banda (Nyasa Big Bullets), Christopher Mtambo of Savenda Chitipa and Karonga United’s Misheck Selemani.
To vote, fans are required to dial *1515# and choose the voting option. The voting runs from July 11 to 15.
During the draw, Kamuzu Barracks supporter Lyson Chimangamsasa emerged winner of the K1.5 million grand monthly prize.
From the amount, K500,000 would be channelled towards a football club of his choice.
Chimangamsasa, who works for Shoprite, correctly predicted that KB would beat Karonga United 2-0.
“I am happy to have won in this promotion. This amount of money will change my life for the better. As per requirement, I will give K500,000 to my team Kamuzu Barracks,” said the 28-year-old.