The final stage of the Malawi Environmental Endowment Trust (Meet) Basketball Tournament will start today at Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC) where eight men’s teams and four women’s outfits are set to fight for glory.
The confirmation of the encounters emerged yesterday in Blantyre after Meet finance and administration manager Rodrick Kamoto officially presented K1 million financial backing to Southern Zone Basketball League’s (Sozobal) vice-chairperson Kondwani Kabowa and technical officer Dumisani Kawiya.
This means that Bricks, Magang’a, Crazy Warriors, Cobbe Barracks, Chanco Hawks, Mikoko, CoM Lumbricals and Lox 360 will today start quarter-final battles in the men’s category as Chanco Ladies, Central High School, Kalibu Academy and Cobbe Ladies will be battling it out in the women’s section.
According Kamoto, the competition, which has been played in three weeks, will help to raise awareness about environmental conservation as the world commemorates the Environmental Day today.
“Through basketball, we want to encourage the youths on the need of preserving the environment, especially on the planting of more trees in our neighbourhoods and the avoidance of wanton cutting down of trees,” Kamoto said.
He said another function for the commemoration of the day is expected to take place at Balaka Community Ground with K750 000 funding from Meet.
Kawiya said the Meet basketball contest is expected to wind up today, when details on prizes for the winning teams and individual awards will be disclosed.