Despite lacking sponsorship, the Lilongwe and Districts Netball League (LDNL) continues to attract new teams. The league has registered five new teams for the 2012/2013 season.
LDNL general secretary Zacharia Kasakula confirmed the development over the weekend.
â€œIt is true. All of them have registered and are fulfilling their fixtures without problems. We are impressed and motivated. We were not expecting such a big number to join the league in a year, especially now when we have just doubled affiliation fee to K10 000,â€ said Kasakula.
The new teams that have joined the league are Osa Sisters, Airbase Sisters, Kamuzu Barracks, Mafco and Airborne Sisters.
Kasakula said what has impressed the league most about these newcomers is that they are not underdogs because they are already giving established teams tough times.
â€œIn most cases, newcomers play as underdogs and usually finish at the bottom of the table,â€ he said, adding that they expect to see some old teams being dislodged.
Kasakula also said the league has introduced new measures to avoid last seasonâ€™s scenario, whereby they registered many forfeits due to indiscipline and teamsâ€™ failure to fulfil fixtures. He said, among other measures, this year, they have introduced a system whereby several teams will be meeting at one venue.