Netball is in a coma in the Northern Region due to lack of sponsorship.
Northern Region Netball Association General Secretary (GS), Levi Mkumbira, said their league has shrunk to just eight teams.
He added that the league is only able to accommodate Mzuzu teams, with those from other districts relying on Presidential Cup.
“All has not been well without a sponsor. We only accommodate eight teams. The highest number of teams we can get is 25, but this comes only during Presidential Cup. To be honest, the future does not look good for netball here,” Mkumbira said.
Northern Region Sports Development Officer, Georgina Msowoya, said the challenges, which netball faces in the region, were regrettable.
The region has struggled for sponsorship since 2014 when Nico Life Insurance Company suspended its sponsorship for reasons that are still not clear.
Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) General Secretary, Carol Bapu, said they were aware of the challenges in the region.
She said the association would ensure that the region secures netball sponsorship by 2018.
“Let me acknowledge that netball in the region is not as it used to be. But, as Nam, we have not been idle. I cannot be specific, but I can assure you that next year they shall have a sponsor,” Bapu said.
Domestic netball leagues are relatively vibrant in Blantyre and Lilongwe where teams such as Kukoma Diamonds and Tigresses dominate competitions.
The lack of netball sponsorship at the grassroots and poor infrastructure contribute to the stagnation of netball.
This has resulted in the Malawi national netball team remaining stagnant on position six in the world and second in Africa.
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