Airtel Malawi has rescued the Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) from its poor financial stamina by donating K14.4 million for the Malawi Queens camp training ahead of the during the Fast5 Netball Series slated for October 29 in Australia.
The company said the donation, which is part of the K360 million (US$800 000) netball sponsorship, is meant to boost the Malawi Queens to do well in the forthcoming tournament.
Airtel Money country director Francis Matseketsa said they want Queens to break into top three at the tournament.
“Its always exciting to motivate efforts and also to motivate and create hope to the hopeless,” he said
He praised the performance of the team during the three years as Airtel has been supporting them describing it as outstanding.
“The bond between NAM and Airtel Money has grown stronger, together we have developed local netball talent and increased our national netball team’s competitiveness,” Matseketsa said.
Director in the Ministry of Sports, Jameson Ndalama has asked the Queens to improve on their ranking by breaking into the top four in the netball world standings.
“As the team flies out to Australia next month they have to do that with fresh ambitions. We all know of the potential that is there in the team and we seem to have stagnated in our progress for some time now. Ending in the top four should be our target,” he said.
Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) president Rosy Chinunda praised Airtel for the donation, saying it will help in the team’s preparations.
“This is a big boost and we commend Airtel for their continual support to the Queens,” she said.
Chinunda said the Queens will start camp training on October 1.