By Arkangel Tembo – Mana.
Southern Region Netball Committee (SRNC) has received official assurances from NETRADE Limited, sponsors of Botsalt Under-20 League assuring them that they would bankroll the cup competitions despite effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
SRNC General Secretary, Charity Gondwe said the netball committee held a meeting with NETRADE and described the meeting as fruitful following an assurance of continued sponsorship from them.
“We have been in contact with our sponsors, NETRADE Limited, and they have assured us that they will sponsor the League against this year, she said.
Following an impressive presentation, NETRADE limited had no choice but to continue with sponsoring.
“We made a presentation to them on how we administered the league, and how we used the financial resources as well as the challenges that we encountered,” Gondwe added, saying the sponsors have renewed sponsorship and we are happy with the way the netball committee administered the league.
The SRNC said they negotiated for an increment in the sponsorship.
The Committee noted the impact of Covid-19 on most businesses as such the committee would still appreciate the last sponsorship amount which was at K 8 million.
NETRADE Marketing Manager, Murray Evans, whose firm supplies Botsalt, said their support aims at promoting netball from the grassroots.
“The League aims to promote grassroots netball and we are coming back this year. We have assured them that everything is set on our part and just waiting for the resumption of netball,” he said.
Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) President, Khungekile Matiya described the sponsorship as a boost to netball development.
Botsalt league exclude teams that compete in the Blantyre and Districts Netball League (BDNL).
The League targets the seven districts from the Southern Region Netball Zone, namely Blantyre, Mwanza, Neno, Thyolo, Mulanje, Nsanje and Chikwawa as the league also includes outfits from districts in the Eastern Region Netball Zone, namely Balaka, Machinga, Mangochi, Zomba, Chiradzulu and Phalombe.
Each district registers 10 teams and produces a representative for the finals that take place at Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC).
Zomba Air Wing Sisters are the cup holders following their 56-46 victory over Balaka Admarc last year at BYC