The K25 million Gateway Netball Challenge Cup was launched on Saturday at Ntcheu Secondary School ground where the sponsor challenged Central Region Netball Committee (CRNC) to use the tournament in identifying hidden talent.
The competition will throw off on April 22 in all Central Region districts, and is expected to end in October.
During the ceremony, Mpico marketing and operations manager Ellen Chapinduka Nyasulu, challenged the committee to identify talent from the districts.
“If we plant good seeds today, then we will have good harvest, so I am challenging the committee to use the tournament to spot talent from the districts that can be drilled into future national team players,” she said.
Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) president Rosy Chinunda appealed to the sponsors to extend the sponsorship to the other regions.
Central Region sports officer Isaac Phiri, who was the guest of honour, asked companies to oblige to social responsibilities by sponsoring sporting disciplines.
Queens coach Griffin Saenda, who graced the launch alongside his assistant Sam Kanyenda, said the competition will help improve netball standards.
Defending champions Blue Eagles Sisters thumped Ntcheu select 55-9 with goal shooter Salome Nkhoma posting most of the baskets in a ceremonial game.
According to CRNC Fanuel Katengeza, the champions at district level will receive K300 000 while runners-up will get K200 000 with the third-placed team getting K100 000 while the fourth team will get K75 000.
At regional level, that will have four seeded teams namely, Blue Eagles, Civonets, Green Sisters and Mafco Sisters, the champions will get K2 million while the second and third-placed teams will get K1.5 million and K1 million, respectively. n