Illovo sugar limited has donated K2 million to the Malawi National Netball Team as they prepare for the Fast 5 netball championship.
Speaking to Nyasa Times after presenting the donation, Domestic Sales Manager for Illovo Wanangwa Thindwa said his company believes in giving back to the community.
“We are a global brand and the Queens are a global brand too. We felt the need to support them having been approached by Netball Association of Malawi. We have a feeling that the Fast 5 is a global tournament such that several world class companies will stage their products there and this is our opportunity as well to sell our product.
“We don’t want the team to come back from Melbourne with excuses, hence our support. We need to reclaim our position in Africa and fight for top four. That is possible if the girls go in good shape,” said Thindwa.
In her remarks, NAM General Secretary Carol Bapu commended illovo sugar limited for what she called a timely donation.
“We are thankful to management of Illovo sugar for accepting our request. We now have hope that the team will indeed travel to Melbourne for the competition because before illovo support, we had a shortfall of K20 million.
“We are hopeful that government as the official sponsor will come in help us with the remainder. However, this does not stop other companies from supporting us. We have nocked on the doors of several companies and we hope they will emulate what Illovo has done,” said Bapu.
Meanwhile, goal shooter Sindi Simtowe has rejoined camp after recovering from injury. Coach Griffin Saenda comfirmed the development and said doctors are still keeping a close look at her despite returning to camp