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Tigresses keep fingers crossed on sponsorship

MEMORABLE—Tigresses players and officials in 2019

First Choice Tigresses say they are optimistic that their marriage with Lilongwe Dairy Limited will continue despite the expiry of their three-year deal.

Tigresses and the company signed a three-year deal worth K30 million in 2019 but the contract expired in June this year.

However, the two parties are set to meet this month to discuss the deal, with both Tigresses and the company confirming the development.

Tigresses Manager Helene Mpinganjira-Tasosa said it had been three successful years.

“We value the sponsorship a lot and we are happy to be with them. They will always be part of us because they have shown that they really care for the club,” she said.

The company’s sales and marketing manager Gabriel Phiri confirmed that they would meet the club to map the way forward.

“I will not be able to give you more details but it will depend on our discussions,” he added.

Through the K30 million sponsorship package, the company was bankrolling the team for K10 million every year.

Since then, the team rebranded to First Choice through the popular brand of First Choice Milk.

Tigresses lead the Rainbow Paints Blantyre and Districts Netball League with 28 points from 14 matches, two points above second-placed Kukoma Diamonds.

They are one of the most successful clubs, having won several accolades in domestic netball.

Formed in 1974, Tigresses won trophies including the defunct Airtel Netball Cup, Gotv and Presidential Netball Championship.

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