NBS Bank kits Blantyre giants ahead of Charity Shield

NBS Bank has set the tone for this year’s Charity Shield clash after providing kits to Blantyre giants FCB Nyasa Bullets and Mighty Mukuru Wanderers.

The kits are valued at over K5 million.

The bitter rivals clash at Bingu National Stadium (BNS) in Lilongwe on Sunday and NBS made sure to purchase the uniforms from teams’ respective suppliers.

NBS Bank Head of Marketing Tamanda Longwe said they felt duty-bound to provide uniforms to Bullets and Wanderers to honour the clash, which officially marks the beginning of the new season.

“As a caring bank, we are aware of the need to ensure that everything runs smoothly. The teams have to look smart as they play for a good cause,” Longwe said.

The development comes after NBS announced a K20 million sponsorship increase from K15 million last week.

Representatives from both clubs hailed the bank for buying the uniforms from their traditional suppliers.

Bullets were represented by Chief Administration Officer Albert Chigoga, with Steve Palemeza representing Wanderers in his capacity as Administration Officer.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Competitions Director Gomezgani Zakazaka said everything is in place for the first official match of the season.

“The assurance I can give is that everything to do with organising the match is in place. Every stakeholder is now looking forward to the match and we are happy,” Zakazaka said.

Fam Commercial Director Limbani Matola said they started selling Charity Shield tickets on Monday.

“We hope that, being a traditional opener to the new season, the match will attract a capacity crowd,” Matola said.

Bullets were picked for the shield as TNM Super League champions while Wanderers qualified after winning the Airtel Top 8 Cup.

Proceeds from the match are expected to be channelled towards helping survivors of Tropical Cyclone Freddy, which claimed over 600 lives across the Southern Region.

Recently, Fam announced that proceeds from the shield and the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Egypt and Malawi on March 28 at BNS will be used to help survivors of the natural calamity.

Last year, Fam used proceeds from the shield to help survivors of Cyclone Ana in Shire Valley districts of Nsanje and Chikwawa.

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