FDH spends K9.2m on 37 Queens players
FDH Bank plc reaffirmed its commitment to develop netball after paying about K9,250,000 in allowances to Malawi National Netball Team players and officials.
Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) issued a statement yesterday indicating that each player had received K250,000 following the team’s exploits at Africa Netball Cup in Windhoek, Namibia.
Queens finished with a bronze medal behind champions South Africa and second-placed Uganda.
“FDH Bank plc, the official partner of the Netball Association of Malawi and official sponsor of the Malawi National Netball Team, the Queens, last week surprised players with K250,000.00 token of appreciation and incentive to each player and officials for a spirited performance at the Pent Series and Africa Netball Cup in Windhoek, Namibia.
The Queens came second in the Pent Series and third on goal difference in the Africa Netball Cup,” the statement reads.
“Netball Association of Malawi sincerely thanks the sponsor, FDH Bank plc, for the token. This will go a long way in motivate our national team players and encouraging up-and-coming players to work hard and be part of the winning brand, FDH.”
Nam General Secretary Isaac Chimwala confirmed the development, saying all players involved in the national team setup were considered.
“The money also catered for players that are part of the Malawi Queens setup even though they did not travel to Namibia. From my head, I can say that not less than 35 players got the allowance. Apparently, FDH paid each player and official K250,000,” he said.
FDH Bank Senior Manager for Marketing and Promotion Ronald Chimchere said the allowances were meant to motivate the Queens.
“The team has been doing well and we had to release their allowances to keep them motivated,” he said.
Chimchere reiterated that they started supporting the Queens when the bank realised that the Queens deserved sound sponsorship.
“I remember that during that time there was an outcry that the Queens were doing well but were not well funded. That is when FDH decided to step in,” he said.