Super League teams to compete in the inaugural Airtel Top 8 are Kamuzu Barracks, Nyasa Big Bullets, Silver Strikers, Blue Eagles, MAFCO, Be Forward Wanderers, Moyale Barracks and Azam Tigers.
The tournament, dubbed Airtel Top 8 and scheduled to kick off in April, will be played for three months every year with the champions getting K15 million; runners up K5 million; top goal scorer and player of the tournament will be getting K500,000 each.
All participating teams will be palm oiled with K1 million each while fans will be accorded an opportunity to vote for the Cup's theme song.
Speaking at a media briefing in Blantyre on Wednesday, Airtel’s Managing Director, Charles Kamoto said it was time for Airtel to sponsor and develop Club football in the country.
“Airtel has sponsored football at grass root level through the Rising Stars initiative and we have seen amazing results. Through Airtel Top 8, we are focusing on the next level in developing the caliber of sports in the country. The Airtel Top 8 Cup is Airtel’s celebration of football excellence," said Kamoto.
According to Kamoto, the highly competitive environment will spur superior tactical thinking, incredible physical stamina and entertaining football which will culminate in elevated standards of the quality and skill of the sport of football in the country.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) President Walter Nyamilandu hailed Airtel for partnering the local football governing body by sponsoring the Knock-Out Cup.
“We are overwhelmed and truly excited to see Airtel Malawi joining forces to make domestic football vibrant and active. We look forward to having an exciting knock out tournament. We believe winning corporate confidence is key to the development of football in the country,” said Nyamilandu.
Airtel’s Top 8 Cup marks another milestone in developing sports in the country.
Airtel has previously sponsored Malawi’s National Football team; the Malawi Queens Netball team, and continues to sponsor and host Airtel Rising Stars; the only soccer tournament aimed at unearthing grassroots soccer for Under 17 boys and girls.