The East African Community (EAC) has offered to pay for accommodation and meals for Malawian professional golfers Victor Kachepatsonga and Paul Chidale in Nairobi, Kenya where they will participate in the Karen Masters Golf tournament.
The Karen Masters, scheduled for June 27 to 30, has lucrative prize money at stake.
EAC’s assistance comes after Malawian Airlines provided three return air tickets to the golfers and an official.
EAC representative Catherine Matura presented $500 (about K350 000) to PGA Malawi president Patridge Shycal on Sunday at Lilongwe Golf Club.
She said the EAC in Malawi will host the golf festival from October 18 to 19 to commemorate their respective countries’ freedom days.
“As a build up to this event, the EAC in Malawi has a couple of corporate social responsibilities lined from June to October. One of them being sponsoring Malawi’s two professional golfers’ accommodation to participate in the Karen Masters Open in Kenya,” Matura said.
On his part Shycal, thanked EAC for the timely gesture.
“As PGA Malawi, we are grateful for this timely support. The golfers will now focus on the technicalities of the game.
“Such continental tournaments provide our golfers an opportunity to compete against the best in Africa. It’s also a gateway to a lucrative package if they do well,” he said.
EAC is a regional inter-governmental organisation of six countries—Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania.