Minister of Sports and Culture Grace Chiumia has advised the Central Region Netball Committee (CRNC) to be prudent in the management of the K8 million 11 544) Gateway Mall Netball Bonanza to woo more sponsors into the game.
The minister was speaking at the launch of the bonanza in Lilongwe on Saturday. At least 20 teams are expected to register for the competition which throws off in August.
Chiumia said the sport in the Central Region has been experiencing sponsorship drought; hence, the need to jealously safeguard the secured package.
“You have suffered a lot and now sponsors are coming in. Let’s be accountable. If you are remaining with one tambala, declare it to the sponsors,” she said.
The minister also drummed up corporate support for netball in the Northern Region.
“The Southern and Central regions are a bit fine. But I am worried with the North. I just wish that other companies went there to sponsor competitions,” she said.
Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) general secretary Carol Bapu said they will use the tournament to scout for national team players.
“This is an opportunity for netball players to gain exposure and earn a national team place. Our coaches will be watching the games to identify talent,” she said.
Mpico Holdings Limited board chairperson Dye Mawindo said they decided to sponsor the Gateway Mall Bonanza because netball is the most successful sport in the country.
“Unlike football which is very popular in the country, netball has done really well on the international stage. This is why netball deserves this support,” he said.
Central Region Netball Committee chairperson Fanuel Katengeza promised to heed the advice on sponsorship prudence: “We will do everything to account for any penny that goes into this competition.”