By Mphatso Malidadi:
Giants Tigresses and Kukoma Diamonds are not taking lightly their ceremonial Rainbow Paints Blantyre and Districts Netball League (BDNL) opening match at Blantyre Youth Centre this afternoon.
Both teams believe winning the friendly would boost their morale ahead of competitive games set to start next weekend.
Tigresses Team Manager, Helene Mpinganjira-Tasosa, said they would work hard to please their fans ahead of the new season.
“It is only a friendly match but we are geared to show our fans how prepared we are this season. We have a good team and we expect to build on last season’s performance. We finished second in the 2018 season and we believe it is possible to do better,” Mpinganjira-Tasosa said.
Tigresses have youthful players such as centre Cathy Khofi who has settled down quickly despite her tender age.
Kukoma Assistant Coach, Noel Mussa, said as champions they were prepared to win the ceremonial match.
“We want to use the game to assess the squad before we begin playing competitive games. We certainly need to win to show that we are ready for the new season,” Mussa said.
The champions have several national team players but shooter Alinafe Kamwala has been their star performer in most games.
Rainbow Paints Marketing Executive, Jangale Chiosa- Mponda, said they would announce the new package during the launch.
“We have been supporting Malawi’s top netball league for some time and, as per traditional, we will increase sponsorship. The announcement will be made during the launch,” Chiosa- Mponda said.
BDNL General Secretary, Annie Hanjahanja, said they expect an exciting and competitive season.
In another match scheduled for this afternoon, Prison Sisters will take on Serenity.
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