Massive Mo626 transactions in Zomba today


By Ronald Mpaso:

After more than five months of breaking sweat on the court, it is now time to separate men from boys and girls from women in the K62 million National Bank of Malawi plc Mo626 Ice College Basketball tournament whose finals are on at Chancellor College (Chanco) in Zomba today.

Just like the mobile money platform came onto the scene to do away with archaic systems of banking in the country, today’s finals in both the men’s and the ladies’ categories promise a crossbreed of assorted modern tactics of the game.


Lifting the cup will be a question of which team will make the right combinations to break the opposition, while the vocal support from the stands would also prove crucial.

Ultimately, the winner would be crowned while the rest watch enviously from the sidelines wondering what has befallen them.

The competition ends today with all the eight teams that made it to the semifinals in action.


The semifinal phase was concluded last night with the epic battle between defending Malawi College of Accountancy (MCA) Lilongwe campus and Malawi Assemblies of God University (Magu) in the men’s category.

Also playing in the same category were Polytechnic and Chanco in an all-University of Malawi thriller.

The ladies’ category had Magu and Bunda in the first match, with Zomba Institute of Management and Accountancy and Polytechnic locking horns in the second.

In today’s action, the ladies’ third place play-off between losers of the two semifinal matches will be the first to be played, followed the men’s which will conclude the morning action.

The most exciting moments of the tournament will begin from 2pm when the ladies’ final will throw off.

Wrapping up the day’s action, and indeed the eventful 2018/19 competition, will be the men’s final at 3:30pm.

Basketball Association of Malawi vice General Secretary, Banthari Banda, said basketball lovers should expect the best from the tertiary education institution teams.

“We have always been saying that this is the revival of basketball in Malawi. We are only in the second year of the competition but there has been a lot of excitement wherever the games have been played.

“We have been to all of the country’s major cities and even went as far as Malawi University of Science and Technology in Thyolo District where we had the elite eight games. This competition has completely changed the fortunes of basketball in the country. The legacy of this competition will be felt for many years,” Banda said.

Winning teams in both the ladies’ and men’s categories are expected to transact big on Mo626 with broad smiles on their faces with K2 million going into their pockets.

Runners-up will walk away with K1 million while K500,000 has been earmarked for the third-placed teams.

The tournament’s most valuable player is set to pocket K125,000 with K100,000 going to the best slum-dunk in the men’s contest.

The prizes have been hiked by 100 per cent after the competition’s purse was more than doubled from K30 million in the inaugural edition in 2017 to the current amount.

The bank first launched the competition at Blantyre Youth Centre and conducted the launch of the current edition in November last year at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Bunda College campus in Lilongwe District.

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