Nam loses track of sprung floor donation
Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) risks losing out on K250 million sprung floor donation after failing to follow up on the facility with the authorities.
Africa Netball announced the donation in 2021 but asked Malawi and Kenya, as beneficiaries, to facilitate the transportation of the facility from South Africa to their respective destinations.
A source said Nam was supposed to follow up on the donation and arrange for its transportation from South Africa through the government.
“If they fail to transport it to Malawi in time, then South Africa can decide which country to donate it to,” the source said.
Quizzed on what was causing the delay to transport the sprung floor to Malawi, Nam Vice President Chimwemwe Bakali, who is the association’s spokesperson, asked for more time.
Africa Netball President Cecilia Molokwane, who is also South Africa Netball President, made the announcement during the 2021 Africa Netball Cup Championship in Windhoek, Namibia, in November 2021.
Molokwane said South Africa decided to donate the two sprung floors World Netball offered for the competition, but are excess to requirements for the hosts.
Malawi and Kenya were earmarked for the facility as part of the 2023 World Netball Cup legacy to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, from July 28 to August 6.
This is the first time for Africa to host the tournament.
During the announcement, Molokwane said the floor could generate money for Nam through hiring out to other sport codes such as basketball, volleyball, gymnastics and karate.