Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Francis Kasaila has commended Limbe Leaf Tobacco for sponsoring football and netball sponsorship for 38 years.
The minister was the guest of honour during the Limbe Leaf Tobacco trophy finals at the Inspector General parade ground at National Police Headquarters in Area 30, Lilongwe.
“You have been a key partner for government in sponsoring sports at grassroots for 38 years and that is very commendable. As government we will continue to provide a conducive environment for companies to thrive,” said the minister.
Kasaila has since asked sports administrators to take advantage of the tournament to identify and nurture talent at a tender age for the country to excel in sports.
Limbe Leaf pumped in K10 million in this year’s trophy which saw 220 schools competing, according to corporate affairs director Febbie Chikungwa.
“We started sponsoring this tournament in 1980. The purpose of the tournament is to provide after-school activities. We are promoting sports by honing skills of young kids,” she said.
Chikungwa said through the tournament, they are also tackling issues of child labour by keeping kids occupied after school.
She also mentioned netball star Joyce Mvula who was present at the event, as a product of Limbe Leaf.
In Under-12 netball, Mfera beat Lilongwe LEA 15-7 to be crowned champions while in Under-15 netball, Kamuzu Barracks beat Maloanyama 21-19.
In Under-12 football, Chilinde beat Kalambo 3-1 where as in Under-15, Chilinde beat Lilongwe LEA 5-3 on post-match penalties.