Jabroma Studios have bailed out four players that will represent the Southern Region during national finals of the 2015 Association of Draughts in Malawi (Adma) Championships with K100 000 for transport.
Cloud of uncertainty hovered around the players’ trip to Mzuzu for the national showdown scheduled between May 29 and 31 after Adma announced that their coffers would only afford transport, food and accommodation for regional champions Zalimba Chingoni (South), Enock Makoka Banda (Centre) and Moses Winesi (North).
At least 10 individuals from the Southern Region qualified for the finals, but according to Adma general secretary Suzgo Nkhoma, it is only those that took positions two to five that will benefit from the Jabroma support.
“This means that the region’s runner-up Jalasi Matiyasi, third-placed Chikondi Matope, fourth-positioned Ganizani Majawa and fifth-placed Ezara Kaphirikwete are now assured of paid-for trip to the three-day national finals,” said Nkhoma.
However, Nkhoma said they are still looking for more support from other well-wishers to help the remaining five qualified players to make the trip.
Jabroma Studios’ managing director Steven Masamba said they felt obliged to offer support to the draughts players so as to promote the minority sport.
The national championship, which started at district stage, runs on Adma’s K1 million annual subventions from the Sports Council.