Regional Airtel Money champs face litmus test


Four regional defending champions in the Airtel Money national netball trophy face litmus test to qualify for the national finals of the county’s richest competition.

This weekend has attracted a total of 75 teams competing at regional finals of the Airtel Money trophy and they are battling for four slots at the national finals.

Alliance Capital Stars in the South must overcome 18 other teams during the Airtel Money regional finals set for Blantyre Youth Centre.


The situation is more dangerous in the Centre where 21 teams would challenge regional champions Green Eagles.

Similarly, Mimosa from the North will wrestle against 17 other sides while the Eastern region champions Zomba Airwing Sisters will face opposition from 15 teams.

The regional finals in the north got underway yesterday and they would conclude today while for the rest of the regions, the two-day finals would throw-off this morning.


Alliance Capital Stars coach, Garvey Nyondo, said they were eying the regional championship to safeguard their route to national finals.

“We will not underrate any side. As defending champions the pressure is on us and we will work hard to reach the national finals,” he said.

Airwing coach, Baxter Muliya, conceded that it would not be easy for the rest of all the regional champions to defend their titles.

“Every team wants to reach the national finals so we need to fight tooth and nail to make it to the national finals,” he said.

Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) general secretary, Carol Bapu, said the national trophy had reached the most exciting stage.

“The teams can’t afford last minute slip ups otherwise they will risk their presence at national finals,” she said.

Airtel Money marketing manager, Masiye Mazaza, said they were set to dish out prizes to the winning teams and outstanding players.

“We will make our presence felt during the regional finals. Both winning teams and excellent players would be decorated,” he said.

The regional champions will pocket K500,000 with the runners-up receiving K300,000 while the number three TEAM would receive K200,000.

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