Chilinde Primary School Under 12 and 15 football teams were the toast of the day Saturday afternoon when they grabbed both category trophies in the Limbe Leaf Trophy.
Chilinde Under 12 football team beat Kalambo Primary School 3-1 to clinch the trophy while their big brothers, Chilinde Under 15 football team retained the trophy for a second year running after beating Lilongwe LEA School 5-3 on post match penalties.
In netball, Mfera Primary School Under 12 beat Lilongwe LEA School 15-7 to clinch the trophy while in Under 15 netball category Kamuzu Barracks primary School beat Maloanyama Primary School 21-19 to be crowned champions.
Guest of Honour Minister of Sports Francis Kasaila hailed Limbe Leaf for sponsoring the trophy for the past 38 years describing the company as a true partner in the promotion of sports in the country.
“We applaud Limbe Leaf tobacco Company who has been sponsoring this trophy for the past 38 years. We appeal to other private sector companies to emulate this example,” said Kasaila.
He appealed to sports administrators to take advantage of the Limbe Leaf Trophy to identify and nurture talent at the grassroots if the country is to have strong national teams.
Speaking earlier Limbe Leaf Tobacco Company Limited Managing Director Don McAlpin said Limbe Leaf has been proud sponsors of the tournament for 38 years which has now become one of the most influential youth tournaments in the country.
“Limbe Leaf will continue to support this important tournament in order to further enhance and balance the development of Malawi’s youth, as sporting excellence and character development are inextricably linked.”
“In your preparation for the tournament and through engagement with your peers in the games, you will continue to learn valuable life lessons and further develop important character traits, like humility in victory and grace in defeat,” said McAlpin.
This year’s tournament attracted 220 primary schools in both Lilongwe rural and urban.
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