Pay city rates to help Lilongwe City sponsor football – Mmangisa

Lilongwe City Council has urged residents of Lilongwe City to pay city rates to enable the council fulfill its social obligations including sponsorship of the Mayor’s trophy, whose finals for this year were
concluded on Sunday, June 24, 2012 at Lilongwe Community Centre ground.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the city council Kelvin Mmangisa made the plea on Sunday, when he witnessed final games for the K2.3 million Mayor’s trophy competed for by primary school teams from Lilongwe Urban.

“There was a time that we never had the Mayor’s trophy competition but in 2009, we decided to resuscitate the tournament. We hope residents of the city will continue paying city rates for us to continue sponsoring the competition.

Mmangisa: Pay city rates

“We are ploughing back what we get from the public through the sponsorship of this competition and if you give us more city rates, we will be able to increase the sponsorship,” said Mmangisa.

An ardent sports follower himself, the Lilongwe City Council boss outlined the Council’s plans to sponsor select football and netball teams from the participating schools to play against select teams from
the other cities. He also talked of the Council’s plans to sponsor a drama competition for the schools

Principal Secretary for Youth Development and Sports Alex Mseka, who represented Sports Minister Enock Chakufwa Chihana hailed the City Council for contributing to the development of sports from the
grass-root level.

“This is what the Ministry has been advocating. We would like to follow Zambia’s footsteps by winning the Africa Cup of Nations one day and the only way of achieving that is investing in the young people,”
said Mseka.

Chairman for the competition’s organizing committee Innocent Kaundula saluted the City Council for sponsoring the competition for well over 30 years. He said during the period the competition has produced such great names as Young Chimodzi, Gilbert Chirwa and John Maduka,

During the finals, Nankhaka defeated Kabwabwa 10-6 to lift the Under 14 netball trophy while Kamuzu Barracks beat Nankhaka 23-16 to win the under 17 netball trophy.

In football, Amazing Private emerged under 17 champions after concurring Lumbadzi 3-2 with Kabwabwa thrashing Chisamba 3-0 in the under 14 final.

A total of 84 schools from Lilongwe Urban entered the tournament, which started from zonal level in February this year

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