Malawi’s netball power house Kukoma Diamonds players and officials have all the reasons to walk with their shoulders up as they have become the richest netball team in the country after the club received a sponsorship hike from their sponsors Capital Oil Refining Industry (CORI) who have increased the money from K4.5 million to K9 million.
The company announced the news on Saturday during a news conference which took place at CORI’s headquarters offices in Chirimba, Blantyre.
Speaking when breaking the news to the media CORI Sponsorship Cordinator Violet Kapolo said they have decided to hike the sponsorship and extend their contractual agreement period for the sponsorship to 2021 after getting impressed with the hard working spirit which the team has been showing since they started sponsoring the club in 2014.
Kapolo added that as sponsors they thought it wise to increase the money to show how passionate and dedicated they are to the team.
She further said that their biggest dream is to see Kukoma Diamonds players enjoying playing and become the country’s best netball team.
“Since we started sponsoring the club our company has benefited a lot because of their good performance which made our brand to be visible to many people. As such we’ve decided to hike the sponsorship as one way of motivating the team as well as improving the living standard of our players. We want the team to be exceptional in all the angles and take the Kukoma brand to a highest level,” said Kapolo.
She however added that with the new package it is their expectation that it will help to boost morale and make the team to put extra gear and win all the national netball cup’s which they missed in 2017.
In his remarks General Secretary of the club Chimwemwe Bakali expressed excitment with the gesture saying the company has demostrated that it is indeed a serious partner who wants to put the team on top of all the netball club’s in Malawi as well as Africa.
He however, promised that as executive committee of the club they will try to be accountable all the time so that the money should be used in a right way by supporting the team.
“As a club we are very much excited because we had no any expectation of getting such a huge hike considering to a number of factors such as the poor performance which we had in mainly in national competitions in 2017, recent wrangles which were happening in our team and the economic hardships which Malawi is going through.
“This is a good development and I want to assure the sponsors that we’ll pay them back by winning more cup’s and put Kukoma oil on the map,” said Bakali.
Currently, Kukoma Diamonds is leading the Southern Region Rainbow Paints League where they remain as the only unbeaten team in the first round of the competition.