Eight teams from Lilongwe Rural and Urban primary schools will tomorrow battle it out in Limbe Leaf Netball and Football trophies at the Area 30 Inspector General’s Ground in Lilongwe.
Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Francis Kasaila is expected to grace the event.
Limbe Leaf corporate affairs director Febbie Chikungwa said in an interview yesterday that all is set for the finals.
“Limbe Leaf started sponsoring this tournament in the early 1980s and some of the objectives include developing sports at grassroots level, developing physical and mental capabilities of the pupils and also providing after school activities to prevent children from engaging in field work and risky behaviours,” she said.
Chikungwa said this year’s edition of the trophy saw 220 schools from both rural and urban area participating in the tournament.
“The company usually gives players sports and learning materials to boost their interest in school, but also lessen the burden on parents in buying school supplies. Prizes this year include footballs, netballs, school bags, exercise books, pens, pencils, dictionaries, atlases, and water bottles,” she said.
This year’s finals will see Mfera Primary School battling it out with Lilongwe LEA School in Netball Under-12 finals while Kamuzu Barracks Primary School will face Maloanyama Primary School in netball Under-15.
In footbal Under-12 final Kalambo Primary School will play Chilinde Primary School while in football Under-15 final, Lilongwe LEA will fight for honours against Chilinde Primary School.
Nanjati Primary School are the defending champions of the Under-15 football trophy after beating Mtsiliza Primary School 5-4 on post-match penalties last year.
Kalolo Primary School defeated Kawale Primary School 3-2 to clinch the Under-12 football trophy.
In netball, Kalambo Primary School defeated M’balang’ombe Primary School in the Under-15 category while Patsankhondo beat M’balang’ombe Primary School in the Under-12 category. n