Malawians based in South Africa, in conjunction with Mukuru — a company dealing in electronic money transfers between the two countries, will on Saturday, November 18, hold a Social Football and Netball tournament at UNICEF ground in Chinsapo, Lilongwe.
Calling themselves Flames RSA, this is a South Africa-based social soccer club, and itschairperson on Born Afrikan (Nelson Shaba), the Malawian performing artist promoter based in South Africa.
The team was formed in 2013 to bring Malawians together through sports and promote social cohesion. The club also has a netball team known as Queens RSA.
According to a press released signed by Born Afrikan, the grouping, again in partnership with Mukuru, organized football and netball tournaments in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town in which teams that finished top in the tournament played in the final during independence celebrations and Cape Town Flames won the football tournament with Queens RSA emerging as netball champions.
Apart from prizes that were given out to the winning teams, top goal scorers from the tournament were offered an opportunity to participate in a local social tournament to be organized in Malawi.
“The main purpose behind the organization of the social football and netball tournaments in Malawi is to showcase what Flames RSA has been doing in South Africa to Malawians and let Malawian friends and relations know that here is a big partner, Mukuru that can answer all problems of sending and receiving money between Malawians at home and those living in South Africa and elsewhere,” the statement said.
“Flames RSA also looks at this as the genesis of promoting sports at social level. The Malawi tournament is only open to social teams that are not involved in any competitive league and whose players are above 18 years of age. Players that are active in competitive leagues are not allowed to participate in the tournament.
The is no registration fee for the tournament and a team of social football gurus in Malawi has been on the group helping in the identification of teams to participate in the tournament.
The prizes in football are a trophy and K100,000 for winners, K50,000 for runners-up and K30,000 for third place while in netball its a trophy plus K40,000 for winners, K25,000 for runners-up, K20,000 for third place and 15,000 for 4th place.
The organisers say each participating team will also receive a match ball.
The press statement says Flames RSA and Mukuru started working together in February this year.
“We have one big thing in common, that is bringing Malawians together. While Flames RSA aims at bringing Malawians living in South Africa together at a social level and promoting cohesion, Mukuru has interest in helping Malawians living in South Africa send money to their relatives back home without any hussles.
“By working together, we are both achieving our goals.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :