The Central Zone Basketball League (Cezobal) has secured AHL Commodities Exchange sponsorship for a womenâ€™s tournament.
AHL Commodities Exchange head of operations Davis Manyenje Saturday night gave the league K150 000 (about $500) at a function held at African Bible College in Lilongwe.
â€œWe decided to sponsor the womenâ€™s tournament following a request from Cezobal. As a new company we believe sports disciplines that have been considered minority have the potential to grow. Apart from the misconception that basketball is a minority sport, you find that women categories are less sponsored,â€ said Manyenje.
Cezobal chairperson Kingsley Gwaza said the sponsorship is timely, considering that the countryâ€™s economy is not in good shape.
â€œIn such times, it is not easy to find a sponsor. We have been to several companies asking for sponsorship, but we did not succeed. This sponsorship marks the beginning of a new chapter,â€ said Gwaza.
Cezobal has four leagues: menâ€™s; womenâ€™s; junior and veterans and Gwaza said, currently, juniors and the women are sponsored by Game Street and AHL Commodities respectively.