FISD Marketing Manager Wezzie Chiumia told MBC during the official launch of the 2018 edition of the tournament at Karonga Stadium in the district.
Chiumia said his organization has also decided to raise the sponsorship from K50.2 million to K60 million with the winner taking home money amounting to K16 million.
He further said the inclusion of teams from district and regional qualifiers to have a chance of facing Super League teams helps players from rural areas to gain the much needed exposure.
“This is a cup that helps teams and players from districts to be able to brush their shoulders against big teams and players like Fischer Kondowe which in turn helps them develop their skills,” added Chiumia.
On his part, Football Association of Malawi competitions Committee Chairperson Jabar Alide pledged to make sure that the FISD Challenge Cup continues to be a success.
He also thanked the continued support of FISD to the development of football through the sponsorship.
“We are thankful to FISD for the role they play in the development of football in the country and we hope we are not going to have acts of hooliganism at football matches as these incidents hinder football development,” Alide said.
FISD Challenge Cup was first launched in 2016 with Be Forward Wanderers winning the first edition and Kamuzu Barracks are the current defending champions.