Jubilation and tears of joy engulfed Alliance Capital Stars netball players on Sunday after they were crowned Airtel Money netball southern region champions following a 39-13 victory to Blantyre All Stars in a one-sided encounter at Blantyre Youth Centre in the commercial city of Blantyre.
Alliance Capital Stars, which is being coached by former Malawi Queens evergreen shooter Mary Waya will now compete in national finals against Regional champions from Central and northern regions in Lilongwe.
For their success, Stars received K1.250 million while runners up Blantyre All Stars received K600.000. Third place which went to Gerald Tasaukadala went home with K350,000, while fourth place Chitakale received K250,000.
Back in the courtyard, Alliance Capital Stars showed their tenacity to grab the cup as they kept attacking their opponents through their player maker Tendai Masamba.
Another player who was a marvel to watch was Memory and she also netted most of the baskets for her side at ease.
Blantyre All Starts, which is comprised of veteran netballers like Peace Chawinga Kalua lost their rhythm in the second quarter, as a bulk of their players looked tired.
The veterans failed further to contain the young blood in the third quarter.
Alliance Capital Starts coach Mary Waya said she was very excited to win the title back to back and vows to continue with the six star performances during the national level tournament in Lilongwe.
“We are aiming high and we are not leaving any stone unturned.” she said.
Blantyre All Stars captain Ruth Kaipa said it was another bad day in office but hailed her colleagues for reaching as far as the finals.
Shalice Amos, who was the guest of honour and hailed Alliance Capital Stars for their outstanding performance on regional level and urged them to transform their performance even on national level,.
She also saluted other participating teams and urged them to work harder next year.
Shalice, who is also the owner of Teras medicine which is made from fruits and vegetables brought something for the champions up to third place team.
For instance, she gave K300, 000 to Alliance Capital Starts from being crowned champions, while Blantyre All Starts was given K200, 000 from the lady who has passion for Malawi netball. Gerald Tasaukadala also received K100, 00 from Shalice.
Corporate Sales Officer at Airtel Malawi Richard Nkombezi said they were pleased to see progress in the Airtel Money netball tournament and considers this success as a milestone in this journey.
“The tournament has always registered an overwhelming response in the participation, spectation, coverage and above all excitement. The quality of the sport of netball is on the rise,” he said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :