Southern Region Netball League (SRNL) at last breathed a sigh of relief after Rainbow Paints Limited increased this year’s sponsorship from K4 million to K6.7 million.
Breaking the news at Blantyre Youth Centre Saturday at a renewal ceremony of a five-year relationship, Rainbow Paints Sales and Marketing Executive, Jangale Mponda, said Rainbow Paints management felt duty-bound to continue supporting the game having been in partnership with the league since 2012.
Mponda said Malawi national netball teams’ exploits at the international stage as well as sound management by the league’s administrators compelled the company to continue bankrolling the contest.
“We need to start from the regional leagues to build up for top positions at world level. Success is not a matter of chance but a product of careful calculation of plan, prudent deployment of strategy and zeal to win,” she said.
Mponda also stated that out of the total sponsorship, about K1.7 million has been allocated to promotional activities.
The league’s Vice Chairperson, Chimwemwe Bakali, promised transparency and accountability in the running of the league.
“Ours is the most productive league in the country. We were the first to send a player overseas for professional netball. The bulk of the players who feature for the senior side are from our league.
“We have also produced several administrators who are big names in netball circles like the new Nam President [Matiya]. So there is no doubt that we will run this league professionally. We will account for every penny to keep the integrity of the league safe,” he said.
Taking her turn, Matiya challenged the league’s officials to be transparent and accountable in all their transactions.
“You need to follow rules and regulations so that you are not entangled in issues that can dent the reputation of the league,” she said.
Matiya also thanked Sports Writers Association of Malawi (Swam) for partnering the league in its undertakings.
“Swam secured this sponsorship five years ago and they handed it over to us. It shows that the sports writers’ body has the welfare of sports at heart,” she said.
Speaking on behalf of the association’s president Peter Kanjere, Swam representative, Frank Kandu, said the body will continue running the league’s media awards professionally to satisfy all stakeholders.
Also present at the gathering were Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) President, Khungekile Matiya, and her General Secretary, Carol Bapu, and also newly-lected Southern Region Netball Committee General Secretary, Charity Mhango.
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