By Phillip Nyangali Phiri
Newly promoted football team into TNM Super League, Baka City Football Club, is on the hunt for sponsorship deals in their quest to prepare for the 2024 TNM Super League season.
Speaking Friday in an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA), Team Manager for the Karonga based outfit, Alick Zungu, said the team has embarked on preparations for their first ever tour in the Malawi’s elite football tournament without having an official sponsor yet.
“As of now, administrative preparations are going on well and we are expected to resume trainings on Monday, 30th January. However, Baka City does not have an official sponsor and we are calling for support from well-wishers and other potential partners to come forward to support the team in various aspects,” Zungu said.
Zungu added that the 2023 Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) Simso-Innobuild champions are in talks with players, whom he did not disclose, from other teams to join them in a quest to boost the team’s squad.
“So far we haven’t signed new players but we are discussing with other players to join us before the season starts. We are confident that they will join us. We can’t mention the names of the players because we have not finalised everything as far as player transfers are concerned but we will announce the names when all is set,” explained Zungu.
Salomy Banda a Baka City fan, is hopeful that the team will survive the 2024/2025 TNM Super League campaign despite not having an official sponsor and has urged fellow football lovers to continue supporting their team.
“I understand that having a sponsor boosts players’ confidence but I have no reservations that Baka City will do better and hopefully finish in Top 5. I would also like to call for support from my fellow supporters as we play an important role for our team’s performance,” Banda said.
Baka City secured a place in the TNM Super League after emerging champions of the 2023 NRFA Simso-Innobuild with 31 points and 14 goals from 14 games.
Embangweni FC and Iponga FC had 25 points each but were separated by a single goal margin for them to finish on position 2 and 3 respectively.