New BDNL chairperson warns on discipline
Newly elected Blantyre and Districts Netball League (BDNL) Chairperson Vitumbiko Mwandemange- Gubuduza has promised to market the league to attract more sponsors and also improve discipline among teams.
Mwandemange- Gubuduza has replaced Kukoma Diamonds Chairperson Lumbani Mtonyo, who stepped down from the post due to work, academic and family commitments.
The new chairperson said her major focus was on securing more sponsors.
“We will intensively market our sponsors and their products. Sponsors need to see value in sponsoring netball. We will make sure we market their products extensively so they get the value while thanking them for sponsorship. We will also work hard to boost social media presence of BNDL,” she said.
Mwandemange- Gubuduza said she will concentrate on discipline among stakeholders to achieve her mission.
“We need to improve discipline amongst players and officials. We will review and update rules and regulations of the League and enforce them. There is a huge benefit in having discipline and fair play in the sport.
“Last but not least, we intend to contribute to proper governance of Nam [Netball Association of Malawi] considering BNDL is the biggest league in the country,” she said.
BDNL General Secretary Annie Hanjahanja said they had formally welcomed Mwandemange- Gubuduza.
“We are now looking forward to working with her to turn around the sport. She has vibrant ideas and we hope her leadership will help us move forward,” she said.
Meanwhile, Mtonyo wished the new leadership well.
“I had to step down due to circumstances beyond my control. I do not believe in clinging to positions when you are also committed to other equally important activities,” she said.
BDNL runs the Rainbow Paints Netball League which is considered the best in the country.