The National Bank of Malawi plc College Basketball tournament returns on Saturday with elite eight matches scheduled for four venues across Blantyre.
The venues are Kamuzu College of Health Sciences (Kuhes) indoor and outdoor courts, Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC) and Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (Mubas).
The ladies’ and men’s competition was due for conclusion early 2020 but got suspended after the government banned all sports activities in a bid control the spread of coronavirus.
Basketball Association of Malawi General Secretary Peter Gomani said semifinal and final matches are set for African Bible College (ABC) in Lilongwe on March 11 and 12.
“We are all set to conclude this great competition. Our top eight teams in both the ladies’ and men’s competitions are ready to give out their best as they battle for the top prize. We will use the double knockout format.
“At this stage, our sponsor will give jerseys to all the 16 teams. They will also get balls and NBM- branded T-shirts. The sponsor is also providing incentives to travelling teams to assist with logistics. This is the third edition of the competition and the entire basketball fraternity is excited with it,” Gomani said.
The winner in each of the men’s and ladies’ categories will pocket K2.5 million, a trophy and gold medals each, with the losing finalist set to receive K1.5 million and silver medals. The third-placed team will get K750,000 and bronze medals.
Winners in individual categories of most valuable player, best three-point shooter and best dunking player will each return home K70,000 richer.
The ladies’ category has Mubas, Kuhes, Malawi Assemblies of God University (Magu), Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must), Bunda, ABC, University of Livingstonia and University of Malawi (Unima).
The competitors in the men’s category are Mubas, Must, Kuhes, Magu, ABC, Bunda, Unima and Mzuzu University.
Vice President Saulos Chilima launched the tertiary education institution competition in 2017 at BYC.