Two Lilongwe-based sister companies G.Y Imports & Exports and Dr Print have pumped in K2.6 million (about $3 566) into a national basketball tournament dubbed Brave Hearts Basketball Challenge Cup.
The competition, which throws off this Saturday evening at African Bible College (ABC) has attracted seven teams from the three Basketball Association of Malawi (Basmal) zones and host club Brave Hearts from Lilongwe.
The seven other participating teams include Pistons from Northern Zone Basketball League (Nozobal), Mikoko from Southern Zone Basketball League (Sozobal) and five Central Zone Basketball League (Cezobal) representatives Pirates, Blazers, Dream Team, Bayonets and Bunda Buffaloes.
Unveiling the sponsorship at Bridgeview Hotel in Lilongwe on Wednesday, managing director of G.Y Imports & Exports and Dr Print Griffin Kalua, who is also founding chairman of Brave Hearts, said the aim behind the tournament is to expose teams from the three Basmal zones that did not have a chance to compete at national level.
“In line with Brave Hearts’ mission of helping Basmal in the development and promotion of the game of basketball, we would like to give these teams a chance to compete at national level and sharpen their skills,” said Kalua.
Basmal general secretary Edgar Ng’ong’ola, who represented the association during the function, hailed G.Y Imports & Exports and its sister company Dr Print for the sponsorship.
“This is a very welcome gesture from G.Y Imports and Dr Print and the entire Basmal executive led by our president Hamlet Kamtengeni is supportive of this arrangement. The participating teams are going to sharpen their skills and be able to fight for honours in their respective zones,” said Ng’ong’ola.
The Basmal GS urged the basketball fraternity to support G.Y Imports & Exports and Dr Print in appreciation to what the companies are doing.
“We want this to be a win-win relationship. We urge the basketball fraternity to support G.Y Imports and Exports and their new company Dr Print,” said Ng’ong’ola. n