Puma reaffirms sponsorship
Puma Energy has set the hype for 2015 Malawi Open Tennis Championship by donating K1 million towards the country’s first ever Malawi National Tennis Centre, which will host the competition.
Puma sales and marketing manager, Joseph Chafumuka, disclosed the amount when the firm reaffirmed its sponsorship to this year’s championship, whose sponsorship has been reduced from K8 million to K5 million.
Chafumuka said they were hoping that the sponsorship would address most critical logistics required in the championship as well as the tennis centre.
“The tennis centre is a dream for the nation coming true. This is where most players will be developed,” he noted.
“The Malawi Open provides a forum for local players to rub shoulders with their international counterparts.”
Lawn Tennis Association of Malawi (LTAM) general secretary, Christopher Kachale, applauded Puma for supporting the championship.
“We are now finalising our preparations and everyone is looking forward to the championship,” he said.
LTAM technical director, Thompson Mtengula, said they expect over 100 players to participate in the championship.
Mtengula said despite reduction in total sponsorship, they anticipate a thrilling tournament.
The Malawi Open comprises five sections; men’s open, ladies open, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.
Last year, Kenyan siblings Ismail and Shufaa Changawa dominated the event in men’s and ladies sections respectively.
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