TNM on Saturday donated K4 million to Cricket Academy to ensure the sport scales greater heights in the country.
Speaking during the unveiling of the sponsorship at Saint Andrew’s High School, TNM public relations and sponsorship manager Limbani Nsapato said cricket has potential to put Malawi on the map.
“For Malawi to reach that far we must build a solid foundation through the youth and that is why TNM has been sponsoring the Cricket Academy since 2012. But we have seen positives out of our noble contributions,” he said.
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The academy executive director Vivek Ganesan, who is also Malawi Cricket Union (MCU) president, thanked TNM for the donation.
He said: “TNM has been sponsoring the academy for four years now and there has been so much progress in the programme. The standard of cricket is getting better. The sport is growing. We have been sending national teams to Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. This year for the first time in the history, we will be sending under-19 girls team to represent Malawi at a tournament in Botswana.”
The under-19 girls national team captain Shakira Hussen thanked TNM for the sponsorship and said they will repay the nation by winning at the tournament.
“Our preparations have been perfect. We are going to Botswana to win,” she said.
The team is expected to fly to Botswana on Wednesday and part of the sponsorship will be used for the trip.
The sponsorship also goes towards equipment, coaching and administration of the academy offices at the St. Andrew’s High School.
The academy has so far groomed 2 500 players. It has also introduced cricket to 100 primary schools in the country’s three regions. n