By Isaac Salima:
Central Zone Basketball League (Cezobal) All- Stars on Saturday emerged men’s champions of Pa Mo All Stars Basketball Bonanza that National Bank of Malawi (NBM) plc organised at Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (Kuhes) Sports Complex in Blantyre.
In ladies’ category, Southern Zone Basketball League (Sozobal) won the accolade.
During the day-long tournament, Cezobal beat College All Stars 50-40 to win the men’s title.
Sozobal finished third in men’s category after beating Nozobal 80-54.
For emerging men’s champions, Cezobal received K1 million while runners up pocketed K750,000. Third-placed side got K300,000.
In ladies category Sozobal All Stars downed Mo626 College All Stars 58-42 to emerge winners.
NBM walloped Basketball Association of Malawi (Basmal) 46-23 to grab bronze medal.
Sozobal got K750,000 as ladies winners while second placed side received K250,000.
NBM plc and Basmal organised the event to curtain-raise Mo626 College Basketball which begins on February 26 2022.
NBM Head of Marketing and Corporate Affairs Manager Akossa Hiwa said they were impressed with the patronage.
“The games were electric and we are pleased with everything that happened. This was also a family event as it was open to everybody to participate and enjoy. We organised the bonanza to hype up the incoming Mo626 College Basketball. We also wanted to give an opportunity to college basketball players to engage other players from all the regions across the country and we believe that this has been achieved,” Hiwa said.
Basmal President Masawani Jere hailed NBM for sponsoring the tournament.
“We are grateful for having this opportunity of interacting and reenergising. Basketball is more than sports as it is a way of life where we find a chance of doing exercises. It also offers a chance to college students to get scholarship opportunities. So there are a lot of things we are benefitting from this sport and we thank NBM for being there for us,” Masawani said.
In individual awards, Wishes Kakomo was named the most valuable player in men’s category while Deborah Mtegha grabbed the accolade in ladies‘ section.
Twelve teams from all the country’s regions took part in the bonanza, which was first of its kind to be sponsored by NBM since it started bankrolling the Mo626 College Basketball tournament in 2017.