Times Group maintained its dominance of National Bank of Malawi (NBM)’s Mo626 College Basketball tournament after winning awards in two out of three categories during a ceremony at the bank’s training college in Blantyre on Wednesday.
The country’s biggest media group won through sports journalist Ronald Mpaso, who was the best in the print media category and runner-up in the on-line one.
Mpaso also won top prizes in the print and electronic categories for the 2018 edition and the print category during the inaugural tournament in 2017.
He commended NBM for recognising the journalists.
“The bank has invested a lot of money in this competition and journalists have also been benefitting from our kind gesture. The competition has been exciting throughout and I enjoyed reporting about it in all of our platforms at Times,” Mpaso said.
Basketball Association of Malawi Vice President Banthari Banda said the tournament has helped in discovering and nurturing talent.
NBM Chief Risk Officer Charles Ulaya said they felt the need to recognise journalists’ efforts in covering the competition.
“They are the ones who have been carrying the message of the game to the people and they did a great job. We will have the fourth season of the tournament and dates will be announced in due course.
“Basketball is a lifestyle and National Bank will continue partnering the Basketball Association of Malawi. This is a wonderful tournament that has unearthed talent in basketball,” Ulaya said.
Mpaso received K300,000 for the print award and K200,000 for the on-line.
Justin Mkweu is a fast growing reporter who currently works with Times Group on the business desk.
He is however flexible as he also writes about current affairs and national issues.