By Bernard Mhone:
Basketball Association of Malawi (Basmal) has said securing an office at Bingu National Stadium (BNS) in Lilongwe will help in ensuring smooth operations in administration of the game.
General Secretary, Peter Gomani, said it was exciting to finally own an office after operating as a briefcase organisation for many years.
“The absence of an office for our operations affected our visibility to clients and potential partners. With the new office, we will manage to safeguard our assets and records. Previously, we had nowhere to keep our assets and records.
“As a result, we do not have sufficient records of the country’s basketball history. The office will give confidence to our sponsors or partners that we are serious in this business. This will be the home of basketball in Malawi. We will keep all our records and assets there,” Gomani said.
Basmal secured the office through contributions from executive committee members who will continue contributing towards paying rentals until a stable source of funding is secured.
Sports analyst, Charles Nyirenda, hailed Basmal for securing a home and urged other associations to follow suit.
“A potential sponsor would always ask for an organisation’s physical address. Having an office is one thing but how you use it matters. Several organisations have offices but they do not use them for the right things. You cannot look for sponsors when you cannot even tell them where to find you. Basmal has done very well because Bingu National Stadium is a well known and visible sports facility,” Nyirenda said.
He advised Basmal to ensure that it has activities at all levels if it wants to make good use of the office.
“Basmal has not been active for a long time. What has kept them so quiet? They have not been organising competitions to keep players active. They need to improve on visibility if they really want to start courting big sponsors. Now that they have an office, they should wake up from their deep slumber,” Nyirenda said