G.Y Imports, Dr Print pump K2.6mil into basketball tourney

Lilongwe based non-league side Brave Hearts Basketball Club will from this weekend host an eight-team national basketball tournament, which has been sponsored by two sister companies G.Y Imports & Exports and Dr Print to the tune of K2.6 million.

Unveiling the package- Sponsors, Basmal and club officials

Unveiling the package- Sponsors, Basmal and club officials

Kalua speaking to journalists.

Kalua speaking to journalists.

Basmal GS speaking during the press briefing

Basmal GS speaking during the press briefing

The competition, which throws off this Saturday evening at African Bible College (ABC) has attracted seven teams from the three Basketball Association of Malawi (Basmal) zones and as well as the host club Brave Hearts, which was founded to assist in the development and promotion of the game of basketball.

The other participating teams include Pistons from Northern Zone Basketball League (Nozobal), Mikoko from Southern Zone Basketball League (Sozobal) and five Central Zone Basketball League (Cezobal) representatives Pirates, Blazers, Dream Team, Bayonets and Bunda Buffaloes.

Announcing the sponsorship during a press briefing at Bridgeview Hotel in Lilongwe on Wednesday, managing director of G.Y Imports & Exports and Dr Print Griffin Kalua, who is also founding chairman of Brave Hearts said the aim behind the tournament is to expose teams from the three Basmal zones that did not have a chance to compete at national level.

“When we sponsored a national basketball championship in December last year, there were other equally good teams from the zones that did not have a an opportunity to compete at the top level because they did not emerge champions in their respective zones.

“In line with Brave Hearts’ mission of helping Basmal in the development and promotion of the game of basketball, we would like to give these teams a chance to compete at national level and enhance their skills,” said Kalua.

Kalua said management of Brave Hearts and the club’s sponsors G.Y Imports & Exports and Dr Print would discuss with Basmal to make the tournament an annual event.

Basmal general secretary Edgar Ng’ong’ola hailed G.Y Imports & Exports and its sister company Dr Print for the contribution the companies were making in revamping the game of basketball in Malawi.

“This is a very welcome gesture from G.Y Imports and Dr Print and the entire Basmal executive led by our president Hamlet Kamtengeni is supportive of this arrangement. The participating teams are going to sharpen their skills and be able to fight for honours in their respective zones,” sai Ng’ong’ola.

The Basmal general secretary urged the basketball fraternity to support G.Y Imports & Exports and Dr Print in appreciation to what the companies are doing.

“We want this to be a win-win relationship and we are urging all our members and basketball followers to support G.Y Imports and Exports and their new company Dr Print,” said Ng’ong’ola.

G.Y Imports and Exports deals in stationery, ICT equipment, furniture and other household items while its newly launched sister company Dr Print, located in Daud Complex in Maula offers printing services including corporate branding and advertising banners.

Winner of the tournament, whose finals are set for March 6, 2016 is expected to cart home K600,000, first runners-up K300,000 and second runners-up K200,000.

Apart from sponsoring the Basmal National Championship last year, G.Y also sponsored Cezobal and Nozobal championships. The company also sponsored a Tanzanian tour for national champions Bricks, who played several international friendly games against top Tanzanian basketball outfits.

GAME SCHEDULE

GROUP A

Date: 27th February 2016

Venue:  ABC Gym

Game 1    18:00 – 20:00     Bunda  Vs  Mikoko

Game2     20:00 – 22:00    Brave Hearts Vs Pistols

GROUP B

Date: 28th February 2016

Venue: CIVO

Game 3    14:30 – 16:30   Bayonnets    Vs   Blazers

Game 4    16:30 – 18:30   Dream Team Vs   Pirates

SEM FINALS

Date: 5th March 2016

Venue:  ABC Gym

Game 5   18:00 – 20:00   Winner Game 1 Vs Winner Game 2

Game 6    20:00 – 22:00   Winner Game 3 Vs Winner Game 4

FINALS

Date: 6th March 2016

Venue:  CIVO

14:30 – 16:30    Loser Game 5   Vs   Loser Game 6 (Losers final)

16:30 – 18:30 Winner Game 5     Vs   Winner Game 6 (Main final)

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