Good things continue to happen to the netball fraternity following the signing of a K600 million contract between Rach Family Trust and Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) on Friday in Lilongwe where the new sponsors offered to construct a K2 billion netball court.
Rav Rach, chairperson of the Rach Family Trust, signed the contract on behalf of the sponsors at the event witnessed by Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Henry Mussa.
Chipiliro Mpinganjira, who is coordinator of the project, said they are ready to construct a modern court.
He said the construction of the indoor netball court is separate from the K600 million sponsorship that the trust has signed with NAM for the development of netball in the country.
“There are two options, depending on what government’s plans are. There is a court that requires K600 million and also a more complex one valued at K2 billion. We are waiting for them to let us know which one will be appropriate for the country,” said Mpinganjira.
On his part, Mussa said land has already been identified and will soon be handed over to NAM.
“The President [Peter Mutharika] is very keen about this project and as a matter of fact, he is aware of this function today. He has already consented to giving you land. We will submit our plans soon. The construction of a modern indoor court has been on government’s plans for a long time, but the setback has been finances,” said Mussa.
Speaking in an interview, Rav said apart from the popularity of the Malawi Queens, netball is a growing sport.
“We are coming in to help develop the game of netball, but at the same time, there is a growing market for the game globally,” he said.
The Rach family also has business in Kasungu and currently their trust is registered in Malawi.
Malawi Queens players, Malawi National Council of Sports executive secretary George Jana and officials from Malawi Olympics Ceremony (MOC) were present during the ceremony.