Netrade company who are the main producers of Boltsalt distributed in the country by Rab Processors and other local companies have increased the Under-23 Boltsalt Southern Region Netball League for 2021 from K8 million to the tune of K10 million respectively.
The company made the announcement during the official launch of the competition which was held on Saturday, at Mangochi Stadium.
Speaking during the ceremony the company’s representative Andrew Luke said they have decided to increase the sponsorship after getting impressed with the way Southern Region Netball Committee (SRNC) handled the competition in 2019 which was the first year to be introduced.
Luke added that SRNC administration did a fantastic work in terms of administration wise by doing it in a professional and perfect manner in as far as transparency and accountability is concerned.
“When we were introducing the competition we told SRNC leaders that we have number of things that we want to achieve which among others was to see a competitive league, prodcuce hidden talent from rural areas that can be used in Malawi national team’s, making sure that the finances are being managed according it’s intended purposes just to mention a few. So, after making a proper review of the 2019 competition and going through the SRNC reports we were extremely impressed and this is why we thought of coming back again and increased the sponsorship because we want promote netball talent from grassroots level.
“We’ve also seen that over five players have been promoted from the league to other big club’s which is a true indication that the league is well organised,” said Luke.
Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) President Khungikile Matiya applauded Netrade Company for coming again for the second year with the competition which she said it is the only league that provide a good platform for national team coaches to have an opportunity of identifying talent as well as creating a good netball succession plan in the area of transition.
Matiya cited that through the Boltsalt league there will be an assurance that players who will be selected for junior national team will have recommended ages and that there will no longer be any room for age cheating.
“Previously we have struggling to identify young talented netball players because we had no competitions in our districts which was a serious worrisome development to the netball side because transition was very difficult since coaches were failing to find proper replacement for those players whose ages were phasing out,” said Matiya.
In her remarks Chairperson for SRNC Judith Chalusa expressed delighted that despite economic hardships that most of the companies are currently going through Netrade has shown a great commitment by fulfilling it’s promise of supporting the competition again.
Chalusa further challenged the sponsors and NAM that their committee will continue to be accountable in as far as financial discipline is concerned.
However, Chalusa has asked districts Chairpersons to encourage teams to strictly register players who are below 23 years old.
“Let me emphasize that our committee will not tolerate any acts of cheating in terms of age and any team that will found registering over aged players will be suspended because we don’t want to disappoint our sponsors in any way,” said Chalusa.
Malawi National Netabll team coach Peace Chawinga Kalua who was the guest of honour said the competition is coming at a right time when the country has been crying for youths leagues that can bridge the transition gap which was there for a number of years.
Chawinga said as coaches they will try to monitor the competition by going in all the districts with the leadership of the office of Technical Director (TD) in order to appreciate whether it is being played by players who have eligible ages as well as see the competitiveness of the league and select potential national team players.
She highlighted that age cheating has been killing netball in the country hence there is a need to closely monitor the league in order to have rightful age in our junior national team who will later be promoted to the senior team.
During the launch Netrade also donated plastic basin’s and pales to SRNC which will be given to every district so that it should help teams to put water and wash their hands around their netball courts in order to prevent the further spread of Covid 19.
In a ceremonial match played at the launch Marine Queens beat Mangochi Sisters 24-13 baskets.
According to SRNC the competition which is covering 13 districts from the south and Eastern region is expected to kick off from April 24 2021.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :