A three-day 2015 Airtel Money netball championship has finally kicked off in Mzuzu yesterday with 12 teams fighting for the first position.
The tournament ends tomorrow.
A parade led by Police Band was held along the streets of Mzuzu City, symbolising the official launch of the cup.
The teams competing in the finals include Mimosa Sisters, Young Sisters and Lameck Sisters from the North.
Complex Tigresses, Diamonds, Thunders, Prison Queens and Alliance Sisters are from the South while the Centre is represented by Blue Eagles, Civonets, Lioness and Mafco.
The champions are expected to receive K7 million (US$15 556) while the runners-up will get K2.5 million.
Complex Tigresses are the defending champions. Tigresses coach Peace Chawinga said his side has prepared well to defend the championship.
“It is clear that the competition this time around will be tough. The 12 teams competing are the best in the country. However, I can assure you that with the good preparation we have done, we will defend the cup,” said Chawinga.
Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) general secretary Carol Bapu said they will use the tournament to secure new talent for the national team.
Regional sports officer for the North Georgina Msowoya thanked Airtel and NAM for choosing Mzuzu to host the finals.