Giants Kukoma Diamonds have maintained upkeep allowance for its players despite Covid-19 pandemic.
This has come as a relief to the players who are being deprived of other benefits such as game and training allowances.
Diamonds chairperson, Lumbani Mtonyo, said this was possible because their sponsor Capital Oil Refining Industries (Cori) was considerate.
“Our sponsor Capital Oil Refining Industries has really helped us because they understand that they still need to pay the players. Despite this condition, we are still paying the players upkeep allowances. We know that life is tough as the players largely depend on game bonuses so it would have been worse if the team had stopped paying upkeep allowance,” she said.
The pandemic has affected most sporting disciplines and association’s as some organisations have effected pay cut.
Mtonyo hoped the team would maintain its top form when the ban on sporting events is lifted.
“Currently our players are undergoing home training. So we believe we won’t lose our form. Our mission is to win every trophy to remain the strongest outfit,” she said.
Diamonds captain Caroline Mtukule-Ngwira hailed Cori and the team’s executive for maintaining their upkeep.
“We know it is not easy. Currently we aren’t receiving game bonuses because the season is yet to start. If they had taken off our upkeep allowance life would have been very tough,” she said
Diamonds are the reigning Rainbow Paints Blantyre and Districts Netball League champions.