The finals of the 2019 Blantyre City Mayor’s Trophy on Saturday ended in double glory for Mbayani Primary School following victories in both netball and football at Kamuzu Stadium.
The netball team narrowly beat Likhubula Primary School 24-23 to take the ultimate glory for the third consecutive time, having done it in 2016 and 2018, while the football side beat South Lunzu Primary School 2-1 to win their first title in years. The competition was not held in 2017.
Overflowing joy was the prevalent emotion among Mbayani pupils and teachers after their victory. They invaded the pitch like locusts onto a green maize field, frantically hugging their players for a job well done.
“I am lost for words to express our excitement with this achievement,” said Mbayani sports mistress Charity Saka. “I thank our boys and girls for making us proud. However, it was not an easy road to glory.”
Blantyre City deputy mayor Joseph Makwinja said he was happy with the conduct of the teams in the competition and thanked Nico Holdings plc for bankrolling the event.
Nico Holdings plc’s group managing director VizengeKumwenda said his company is pleased to be associated with the promotion and the unearthing of sports talent from the grassroots.
“This competition plays a big role in uplifting netball and football standards from the grassroots. As such we are proud to be part of this and we will continue supporting the event,” he said.
Nico Holdings sponsors the competition at K60 million; K20 million annually for three years starting from this year.