Southern Zone Basketball League (Sozobal) Division Two kicked off at Blantyre Youth Centre on Saturday, courtesy of support from the Malawi Blood Transfusion Services (MBTS).
During the launch, Firestorms defeated Cobbe 44- 35 to emerge the ceremonial tournament’s champions.
Sozobal Chairperson, Sitabene Malange-Majamanda, said they were hoping for a long-term partnership with MBTS.
“The Malawi Blood Transfusion Services sponsored this tournament so that we can kick off the league. At the same time, as basketballers, we had to show that we have a duty to save lives by donating blood,” she said.
Malange-Majamanda said if the two parties reach an agreement, they will ask MBTS to be erecting tents at match venues for blood donors.
MBTS Senior Nursing Officer, Edith Chimphamba, said the exercise was fruitful.
“During the exercise, we realised that we still need to do more sensitisation programmes to reach out to the youth. Some of the questions which the youngsters were asking gave us an insight into what to do.
“They were asking about the importance of donating blood, the safety of their lives and their status. Our public relations team normally goes to schools for such initiatives and they will definitely work hard to address that,” she said.
Sozobal Development Chairperson, Ronald Mbekeani, hailed the support from well-wishers, including TNM and Bricks senior player, Weluzani Chingota, who was the guest of honour.
TNM donated items that were given to umpires and three-pointer shootout winner. Chingota, as the guest of honour, named the most valuable player and donated K40,000.
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