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The battle for the ultimate prize in the 2018 Gateway Mall Netball Top 8 Challenge throws off today in Lilongwe with several activities lined up to spice the grand finale.

Eight teams will converge at Gateway Mall Netball Court for a tournament that ends tomorrow. Activities lined up before the commencement of the games include a trophy parade from Lilongwe Community Centre Ground to the venue of the games.

Gateway brand ambassador Aaron Gopani said the games have been arranged to end on Mothers’ Day as a way of celebrating motherhood.

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“It has been a wonderful journey since we started. We are happy that the tournament is coming to a close after running smoothly throughout the year. All the competing teams are hungry for success and we expect to watch good netball,’’ Gopani said.

The Gateway Mall Top 8 Challenge involves defending champions Blue Eagles, last year’s finalists Civonets, third-placed Mafco Soldiers, Green Sisters Snr, Luanar, Boma Stars, Lioness and Green Sisters Jnr.

Mpico Marketing Manager Ellen Chapinduka-Nyasulu said the company was satisfied with the level of competition since it started bankrolling the trophy in 2016.

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“We have seen many players from the region getting selected to play for the national team, which is an indication that our investment is bearing fruits. Central Region teams have also started dominating the game in the country because of the Gateway Mall Netball trophy,’’ Nyasulu said.

Mafco Soldiers General Secretary Dan Nyirenda said the honeymoon is over for Eagles.

“We are tired of playing second fiddle to Eagles and Civonets. We have come here to conquer them and win the competition,’’ Nyirenda said.

Winners of this year’s Gateway Mall Netball Challenge will pocket K3.5 million plus a trophy, with the runners-up getting K2 million.

The third-placed team will receive K1.5 million whereas the fourth team will pocket K1 million. All the eight participating teams will get cash prizes.

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