Malawi College of Accountancy (MCA)-Lilongwe Campus men’s side retained the honours in Mo626 College Basketball final games on Saturday, April 6.
Zomba Institute of Management and Accountancy (Zima) did it in ladies category during contests that charmed the turnout at Chancellor College’s Chirunga court in Zomba.
MCA Lilongwe Campus beat Chanco Hawks 53-46 while Zima saw-off Malawi Assemblies of God University (Magu) 62-56.
MCA captain Hydin Mafuta, said it is great achievement to win the tournament back to back. Zima also got a similar package while losing finalists received half the amount each.
“It’s really a big achievement for us to win the tournament back-to-back. We put in a lot of effort and we had good team spirit,” Mafuta said.
“We thank our college management for their support and also the sponsors for such a wonderful tournament,” On his part, Hawks coach Hope Chisamanga praised his charges for putting up a good fight.
“We were up against a good side and we knew it would be tough, but we find solace in that we improved a lot this year,” he said.
Zima captain Angel Mwalija said: “I am at a loss for words really… I mean we were the underdogs, but we defied the odds to win the tournament. Hard work and team spirit were the factors behind our success.”
Magu team manager Willz Jabah Chioko expressed disappointment at their failure to win the cup, saying his team lacked coordination “and we also had a few internal issues that affected our performance”.
NBM corporate affairs manager Annie Magola said as sponsors they were impressed with the level of competition and organisation.
“The response has been overwhelming. We introduced the tournament with the objective of engaging young and talented students to maximise their potential in the sport.
“Further to that, we want to ensure that college students are engaged at an early stage with our online products like Mo626,” she said.
Basketball Association of Malawi (Basmal) president Hamlet Kamtengeni said the tournament has helped to expose hidden talent.
“Through this tournament, we have identified potential national team players. It has also been exciting throughout with teams such as Zima and Magu emerging as surprise package,” he said.
NBM sponsors the tournament to the tune of K62 million with Basmal as an executing agent through a three year memorandum of understanding (MoU) which runs up to the end of this year