Brave Hearts Ladies Basketball team was officially launched on Monday evening at African Bible College (ABC) indoor court with the team’s sponsors Dr Print and G.Y Imports and Exports pledging full support for the ladies outfit.
Graced by Basketball Association of Malawi (Basmal) general secretary Edgar Ng’ong’ola as well as Central Zone Basketball League (Cezobal) officials, the launch was spiced up by a game involving the Lady Brave Hearts and Cezobal All Stars Select, which ended 49-37 in favour of the select side.
The match was curtain-raised by a men’s game involving Brave Hearts and Bayonets, which the Brave Hearts won 67-51. This was a sweet revenge for Brave Hearts, who lost to Bayonets in the final for the K2.7 million Brave Hearts Basketball Challenge tournament a couple of weeks ago.
Speaking during the launch, chief executive officer for Dr Print Daud Hussein said the printing firm and its sister company G.Y Imports and Exports was well geared to give the lady Brave Hearts all the support they need.
“In line with our motto of changing lives through basketball, we are going to take care of all their needs like transport, equipment, uniforms and everything that the team requires to reach greater heights,” said Hussein.
The CEO also hinted that the ladies’ side might be traveling to Zimbabwe alongside the men Brave Hearts, who were invited for Independence Celebration games in the former Southern Rhodesia next month.
The Basmal general secretary hailed the two companies for extending the sponsorship to a ladies team: “You cannot talk of basketball development without involving the ladies and as Basmal we are excited with this development. We urge other companies to emulate the example set by Dr Print and G.Y Imports and Exports and sponsor the other existing ladies and men teams in our three leagues,” said Ng’ong’ola.