Malawi leading mobile operator Airtel has donated a whooping of K10 million to Malawi Queens as they prepare for the Diamonds Challenge Tournament in South Africa.
Airtel Malawi Head of Enterprise Rachel Mijiga presented the cheque to Netball Association of Malawi ( NAM) general secretary Carol Bapu at Blantyre Youth Centre after the Queens morning training session.
“In our quest to develop netball and boost morale in the camp of the Queens as they get geared for some crucial international engagements, Airtel Malawi is pleased to announce a donation of MK10 million to the Queens preparations.
“We are convinced and we determined to underline that netball remains the most treasured and successful sport in the country,” said Mijiga.
Mijiga said Airtel Money remains the prime premium sponsor of netball courtesy of our historical and record breaking MK360 million sponsorship packages invested in the sport.
She said they believe the supplementary camp boost package 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 zone of global rankings through their 2015 international engagements.
Mijiga also took time to salute millions of people across the country who passionately support netball.
She also assured the nation of Airtel’s commitment to continue sponsoring netball and make it a bigger and better sport by all standards.
“To the Queens, you ought to be more than determined to conquer the world of netball now. Surely, you should improve from your performance of last year. The administrators of netball must also put their house in order,” said Mijiga.
Airtel Malawi Public Relations Manager Edith Tsilizani described the Queens as the true warriors who put Malawi on the map hence the need to give them massive support.
“The Queens have always put the nation on the map and for them to continue doing so they need to have good preparations. We have provided K10 million just to ensure they lack nothing as they prepare for the competitions,” said Tsilizani.
In her remarks, Nam general secretary Carol Bapu 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 is in paying for the accommodation and other things. We continue asking other companies to assist with any help whilst the team in camp,” said Bapu.
The Queens are expected to fly to South Africa on Sunday for the Diamond Challenge which starts on 14th June and ends on 18th June in Durban.
They will later proceed to Namibia to take part in the African Netball Championship which starts on 24th June and ends on 27th June in Windhoek.
Eight teams are expected to battle it out at the Diamond Challenge. South Africa Netball Association will provide the Queens with accommodation, food and air tickets.
Malawi Queens coach Peace Kaluwa said they are geared for the tournament despite the absence of Mwawi Kumwenda, who it has been confirmed she will not make it for the tournament in South Africa.
“We are ready to upset the tables in South Africa. I have confidence that with the crop of players we have assembled we will perform better,” said Kaluwa
The head coach for the national team Peace Chawinga- Kalua stressed that they expect to move from position five to a better position in the world netball ranking.
“There is hype in camp, everyone is responding well and we expect to move from position 5 to 3 and nothing less,” said the Queens coach.
Following her appointment as the national netball team head coach, Kalua introduced new faces into the squad and has equally expressed confidence in the new faces she has.
“They are performing well and with the combination of the old experienced players, they will definitely give us good results,” she expressed.
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