AZIT sets condition to Govt for club sponsorship

AZIT

Agri-Zone International Trading (AZIT) has set out a condition for the Ministry of Youth and Sports to ensure they are given business deals for them to bail out struggling teams in the TNM Super League.

AZIT Director, Mathias Bonongwe met the Minister of Sports, Ulemu Msungama who asked the former for a bail out for teams like Be Forward Wanderers.

Azit has sprung into the limelight after it was confirmed that they were working to bankroll Super League new entrants, Ekwendeni Hammers with a K220 million four-year deal.

Local media also reported that AZIT had spared K120 million to be shared among some financially troubled teams such as Wanderers, Tigers, TN Stars, Chitipa United and Ntopwa, which Bonongwe denounced.

“We discussed a number of issues with the Minister, including the financial assistance to Wanderers. We told the Minister that we are focusing on Ekwendeni Hammers and we can only intervene on other teams if Government gives us business because we do not have the money. Otherwise, we want to see Ekwendeni doing well in the league,” he said.

As they await finalising the deal, last week AZIT donated K1 million to Ekwendeni Hammers as a relief towards the resumption of the league.

Most TNM Super League teams survive on sponsorship from individuals and match gate-revenue which has been a challenge this year season due to COVID-19 restrictions on spectators.

The clubs received a bail out from FIFA through Football Association of Malawi (FAM) which is not enough to take them through the season.