Malawi leading mobile phone operator Airtel has donated a whooping of K6 million to Malawi Queens as they prepare for the World Fast Five tournament in New Zealand.
Airtel Malawi Public Relations Manager Edith Tsilizani presented the cheque to Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) president Rose Chinunda at Blantyre Youth Centre after the Queens morning training session.
“As you may recall, last year we unveiled our three year MK 360 million worth of a historical partnership of the Queens as well as the Netball Association of Malawi. Ladies and gentlemen, if progress is anything to go by, then, surely Airtel money has safely found faith and confidence in this great sponsorship,” said Tsilizani.
Tsilizani said as the Queens are going to New Zealand to participate in the World Fast five tournament, Airtel Malawi through Airtel money considered to donate K6 million which will carter for allowances, meals, accomodation, transport, T shirts, towels and other critical needs.
She said as Airtel they believe this donation will not only fire up the Queens in their camp but also drive the much needed energy in them so that they break into the top four zones of the global rankings through this year’s competition.
Tsilizani also said Airtel is committed to continue sponsoring netball and make it bigger and better sport by all standards.
She concluded by urging the players to be more than determined to conquer the World of netball now.
“The commonwealth games you participated in earlier this year should be a reflection point and comprehensive homework to fix your shortdalls and maximize your strengths. We eagerly looking forward to your progressive perfomance,” she said.
In her remarks, Nam president Chinunda hailed Airtel Malawi for the timely gesture and stressed the money will be used for the intended purposes.
“We are very greatful for this donation because it will help us in paying for accomodation and other things. We continue asking other companies to assist with any help whilst the team is in camp,” said Chinunda.
Malawi Queens coach Mary Waya said they are geared for the tournament despite the absence of some key players.
For instance, Mwawi Kumwenda has excused herself while Tina Kamzati and Cecilia Bongwe did not report for camp.
“We are ready to upset the tables in New Zealand. I have confidence that this time we will fight for top 3,”said Waya.
The team which has 13 players in camp is expected to leave with 10 players on Sunday.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :