Rainbow Paints has pumped in K 10.5 million for the 2019 Blantyre and Districts Netball League (BDNL) an increase from the 2018 which was at K6.7 million.
Rainbow Paints Marketing Manager, Jangale Chiosa said the Company continues to fall in love with netball following the improvement in performance by the teams and a boost to their product marketing stream, hence the hike in sponsorship.
“We want to make sure that each and every year netball talent improves and we want to see more players going into the national team as well as signing deals with international teams.
“Last year, we promised to renovate and paint the court at Blantyre Youth Centre where all matches will take place and we are satisfied with the colourful turnout of the court,” he said.
According to Chiosa, this year the winning team would walk away with K1.2 million, second team K700, 000, third team K350, 000 while the remaining teams will walk away with amounts ranging from K300 000 to K120 000, respectively.
He said a surprise awaits the best player of the tournament.
Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) General Secretary, Carol Bapu expressed gratitude for the support from Rainbow Paints, saying it has enhanced netball in Malawi.
“The Rainbow Paints League is where most players showcase and improve their talent exposing them to a wide range of opportunities such as playing with the national team as well as going international,” she said.
Bapu urged all players participating in this year’s league to ensure fair play and observe discipline by respecting the umpires as well as their officials.
Speaking on behalf of the players, Edda Mkombezi of Poly Queens thanked Rainbow Paints for the sponsorship, which she said would go a long way in promoting competition among teams in the southern region.
The launch opened with two friendly matches between Prison Sisters who beat Serenity Sister with 48 by 31 baskets.
In another opening friendly encounter, the defending Champions Kukoma Diamonds stunned Tigresses by 49 to 23 baskets.
BDNL was yet to release the league’s full fixture at the time of compiling this report.