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Bravehearts win Eagles tourney

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Lilongwe-based Bravehearts ladies basketball team emerged champions of the Eagles Invitational Basketball Tournament after beating Angels 50-29 at Blantyre Youth Centre on Saturday.

The tournament, which was organised by Eagles basketball team, had eight teams from Lilongwe, Zomba and Blantyre.

The team organised the tournament to celebrate securing sponsorship from Capital Oil Refining Industries (Cori).

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Cori Head of Human Resources, Bina Mthimbwa, said the company decided to sponsor the team as part of its contribution towards the development of various sports disciplines in the country.

“Our brand, Kukoma Cooking Oil, is not new in the development of sports in Malawi. We have sponsored football, cricket and netball, where we have Kukoma Diamonds. This time, we decided to go for basketball. We expect to see the team doing well in various tournaments,” Mthimbwa said.

Eagles Team Manager, Ronald Mbekeani, said they have big plans for the team and hosting the tournament was only the beginning of good things to come.

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“We are impressed with the turn up and the support we have received from Kukoma and our mother bodies at zone and national levels. We played two games and lost one, but that is not a discouragement to us. We will continue to fight so that we reach greater heights,” Mbekeani said.

Southern Zone Basketball League Chairperson, Sitabene Majamanda, asked Eagles to safeguard the sponsorship by being transparent and accountable at all times.

Basketball Association of Malawi was represented at the event by Vice General Secretary, Banthali Banda.

Bravehearts received a trophy for being champions.

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