Southern Region Volleyball League (SRVL) teams heaved a sigh of relief last weekend when motor vehicle accessories dealers, Lube Masters, unveiled a K600,000 sponsorship of the league.
The ceremony took place at The Malawi Polytechnic in Blantyre where games were played.
The company’s director, Gift Mkandawire, said the sponsorship was intended to revive volleyball in the region.
“We are here to provide something for the teams to fight for. Playing without sponsorship meant that the teams had no good reason to keep playing,” Mkandawire explained.
“We are here to stay because we love the game. But discipline and commitment are of paramount importance in the running of the league.”
SRVL Chairperson, Pacharo Ngwira, pledged to run the league professionally.
“We have every reason to jealously guard the sponsorship because we have suffered for too long. We need to prove to Lube Masters that we are a serious and competitive league,” Ngwira said.
He said matches will be played across the region to encourage institutions and individuals to form more teams.
In the opening matches, Thunders beat Wild Cats 3-0 while Poly Troopers defeated College of Medicine by the same margin.
Matches in men’s and ladies’ categories will be played side by side every weekend.
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