Airtel challenges netball teams


As the countdown to the regional finals for the coveted Airtel Money national netball trophy continues, sponsors have asked budding teams to aim for upsets in the competition.

About 72 teams will battle it out for four slots of the national finals, where they will join seeded eight sides, including holders, Tigresses.

Airtel Money Marketing Manager, Tione Kafumbu, said they were delighted with the pattern that the competition had taken at the district level.


“We have new teams making a mark in the competition. Previously, it used to be the same teams that reached the regional finals. This is an indication that the race is become and exciting,” he said.

Therefore, Kafumbu asked teams not to get complacent.

“Everything is possible as long as you plan and dedicate your resources towards your objectives,” he said.


Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) General Secretary, Carol Bapu, said the Southern Region would host its regional championship at Blantyre Youth Centre.

In the Central Region, the games will be staged at Kamundi Lodge in Lilongwe with Katoto Secondary School hosting matches for the Northern Region.

In the Eastern Region, the games might take place at Chancellor College.

Currently, Tigresses, Kukoma Diamonds, Thunder Queens, Prison Sisters, Lameck Queens, Mimosa, Blue Eagles Sisters, Civonets and Mafco Sisters were seeded to join the competition at the national level.

This is the third season of the Airtel Money national netball trophy, and Tigresses have won it back-to-back.

Airtel Malawi, through its Airtel Money brand, partnered netball in 2013 after unveiling a three-year sponsorship worth K360 million.

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