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Fans to pay K2,000 to watch Cosana Tri-Nations

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By Mphatso Malidadi

Netball fans will have to pay K2,000 to watch the Cosana Tri- Nations Tournament which gets underway today at Kamuzu University of Health Science Sports Complex in Blantyre.

The five-day tournament features the hosts, Queens, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

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Under-19 teams for the respective nations will also be in action.

Both Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) Vice- President Chimwemwe Bakali and the game’s Local Organising Committee Chairperson Carol Bapu confirmed the figure, saying money realised from the gates will help them in administrative duties.

Bakali said netball needed to generate money through various activities including gate revenue.

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“Netball just like any other sport should not be taken like a pastime activity but a profession which can employ people and also generate resources on its own. We have introduced the fee and going forward, we want this to be a permanent feature,” he said.

Bapu asked supporters to come in large numbers to help the cash-strapped association.

“Money collected from the gates shall be used for its intended purpose. On our part, we are almost done with the organisation even though we started a bit late,” she said.

Cosana General Secretary Imelda Nerongo touted the tournament, saying it will help revive netball in the region.

“We thought of resuscitating netball in Cosana region. This tournament is very important to us as you know World Ranking games are very limited in Africa. We thought we should create a platform within Cosana for our senior teams to be playing,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Queens face daunting task to impress and improve their ranking.

Following financial woes, Queens had to break for almost a week which put the team’s Coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa in an awkward situation in terms of preparations.

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