A day of drama and intense action ended in great victory for FMB on Saturday as they emerged overall champions of Bankers Sports Day at College of Medicine (CoM) Sports Complex in Blantyre.
They won four of the nine sports disciplines in the event that had 11 banks competing.
FMB triumphed in team events of football and volleyball before as well as titles in individual disciplines of egg race and women’s 100 metre race through Lukia Asadi and Chisomo Meya respectively.
In women’s 100 metres race; FMB won all the top three slots through Meya, Fiskani Mzumara and Grace Dzimbasekwa. The bank also finished as runners-up in netball and men’s 100 metres race.
They capped it all with their staff members Chindikani Chirwa and Brian Banda taking home the most valuable player (MVP) accolades in football and volleyball respectively.
“This is great achievement for us and it came as a result of team work,” said FMB head of marketing Sylvia Mataka. “As a bank that sponsors various sporting disciplines in the country, we encourage our staff to participate as well. We cannot be working all the time. Next year, we will up our game to defend the crown.”
National Bank of Malawi (NBM) and Eco Bank tied on the second place with three medals each. NBM won in chess and men’s 100 metres race through Gerald Phungu and Ipyana Mwakanema respectively. They also finished third in football while Eco Bank excelled in basketball and sack race (Carol Magola) but finished third in volleyball.
Last year’s overall champions Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) only plucked the netball trophy and their employee Jean Phiri was named best netball player. Standard Bank found solace in bawo through Cedrick Dramila.
Bankers Association of Malawi (BAM) executive director Lyness Nkungula thanked FMB, Standard Bank, Ecobank, Nedbank, OBM, RBM, NBM, New Finance Bank, FDH Bank, NBS Bank and CDH Investment Bank for taking part in the event aimed at promoting togetherness and interaction among the country’s bankers.