OG Isaa withdraws sponsorship: Blow to Malawi netball

The marriage between Southern Region Netball League and OG Group of Companies ended on Saturday following the announcement that the company will not continue bankrolling the league.

Final prize giving for OG Issa in netball.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times
Final prize giving for OG Issa in netball.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

The announcement was made during the final game between Diamonds Sisters and Complex Tigresses, which saw Diamonds being crowned champions with a 36-33 victory.

OG Plastic deputy general manager Francis Mponela said the company will no longer continue sponsoring the league due to other commitments. He did not elaborate.

“We will no longer be able to come back because we have other commitments. We have been sponsoring the league for a period of five years and pulling out now is very sad,” he said.

League chairperson Khungikile Matiya described the news as step back in the development of netball in this country.

Matiya said this will affect not only Southern Region League but Malawi Queens since most of the players play for the national team.

She was however, optimistic that they will talk with the company to rescind its decision.

“It is very sad but we are optimistic that they can rescind their decision. We will try to talk with their management and hoping for a positive answer,” said Matiya.

OG Group Companies came to sponsor the League after Real Life Insurance pulled out.

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6 years ago

We need Malawi corporate companies of great repute to start doing corporate social responsibility for real. I cant believe companies like NICO, National Bank, SOBO etc dont sponsor any sports club in the country. Executives of these companies the only CSR they do is imbibe at sports club and sitting on the @@@%%& and be spectators. This should change, imagine a foreign company with no office in Malawi like Be Forward sponsoring a football team here, shameful, we love idleness and watching life passby in Malawi

che bint
che bint
6 years ago

ma salary increment @ og grp of companies.zanu izo

Issa Kabudula
Issa Kabudula
6 years ago

If OG Issa is out – good for the part the company has played the past 5 years, we need new sponsors to come in, I hope the new sponsor will be the best ones who will beat the outgoing, that is possible. Basket ball – is one of the top flag carrier of Malawi, therefore sponsorship of the girls and the team is paramount and I request that to whoever feels that the need of sports in Malawi. Sport clubs and ministry must now turn sports into money making tool, and not only waiting for sponsorships – the companies… Read more »

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