Salima Sugar Company and Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) are edging closer to reaching full agreement on K40 million sponsorship package.
This follows a successful meeting held Tuesday at Salima Sugar headquarters in Salima District.
Both parties confirmed the development, saying they have agreed to name the yet-to-be-launched competition Salima Sugar National Netball League.
Nam Vice President Chimwemwe Bakali said it was a fruitful meeting and that they were working on tightening loose ends.
“A draft contract will be checked by legal minds for two [Nam and Salima Sugar] before signing. Once this is done, implementation will follow immediately,” he said.
Salima Sugar Company Secretary Charles Thupi said they wanted to understand how Nam intends to run the competition.
“We wanted to hear from them, in terms of planning, and, so far, we are heading in the right direction,” he said.
Nam’s delegation included the association’s president Abigail Shariff whereas Salima had Chairperson Shirieesh Betgiri and General Manager Apoorva Roy in attendance.
According to the proposal, the competition will start at grassroots level across all the 28 districts, with champions progressing to regional play-offs.
Similarly, regional champions will join eight seeded sides at national level.
However, each district will be tasked to name its best 12 players to undergo further training under Nam’s technical department. Minister of Youth and Sports Richard Chimwendo Banda coaxed Salima Sugar to start bankrolling netball during the Sports Indaba held last month.