Queens are Queens. Just a month after parting ways with Airtel Malawi, Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) has secured a K600 million sponsorship deal with a local firm, Rach Family Trust.
The signing ceremony of the five-year agreement took place in Lilongwe yesterday.
It was an early Christmas gift for the netball fraternity having lost two sponsorships, Airtel Money and GOtv, in a space of one month.
There were lovely smiles from the bride maid, Nam, and bride groom, Ranch Family Trust, marking the start of the new relationship.
Surely, it does not get better than this and from afar, it looks like the relationship will last.
The news comes just a month after Airtel Malawi decided against renewing a three-year K360 million sponsorship.
Breaking the news in Lilongwe yesterday, Rach Family Trust chairperson Ravi Rach, said it was thrilling to be associated with development of netball in the country.
“We were amused to learn that Malawi had beaten big teams like England at this year’s Fast Five Netball Series in Australia to win bronze. This is what has inspired us to contribute towards the development of the game in the country,” Rach said.
Rach also disclosed that the Trust has plans to construct a state-of-the-art netball court in the country.
During the ceremony, the Trust also donated K5 million to Nam towards administration.
Nam President Rosy Chinunda’s message was clear and straight forward: “We will safeguard the sponsorship. This is a joyful day for the netball family. We know that everyone is in love with the Queens because of their great performance in Australia,” Chinunda said.
Director of Sports in the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, Jameson Ndalama was equally thrilled with the sponsorship.
He said government is grateful to Rach Family Trust for the kind gesture shown to the country’s netball fraternity.
“Government encourages the private sector to play its part in the development of sports. We can do everything on our own. We need other sectors to come forward and help where there is need,” Ndalama explained.
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