Central Healthy Limited (CHL) through its subsidiary company, Central Health Medical Aid, will today unveil K30 million M’mbelwa football and netball competition at Edingeni in Mzimba.
According to the sponsors, teams competing in the league, will be drawn from each of the 10 traditional areas in Mzimba as well as from Gwaza Msakambewa Jere and Traditional Authority (T/A) Mponela of Dowa.
Speaking in an interview on Tuesday, Central Health Medical Aid chief executive officer Victor Madhlopa, who is coordinating the sponsorship, said a match between Civil Sporting Club against M’mbelwa United FC will mark the launch of the competition.
“We will also have another game between Amakhosi United against Under-12 side,” he said.
The sponsorship will run for three years, with K10 million in each year.
“Our management found it very honouring to be involved in this sponsorship. As a company, we want to use this opportunity to market our universal medical insurance plans to the rural masses starting with Mzimba District,” he said.
“These are very affordable plans that people in the rural areas can join to access quality health care in many hospitals based there.”
The games will be played on league basis with the team that have accumulated more points earning the championship.
K1 million and a trophy awaits the champions.
The league will run for eight months each year while the champions will be crowned at Umthetho ceremonies.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Inkosi Mabulabo hailed CHL management for the support, saying the competition will provide the youths a platform to showcase their football and netball talents.
“We believe that this will promote unity and culture among our great people of under His Majesty’s Kingship. Above all, it is through such competitions that youths can expose their potential as far as football and netball sport is concerned,” he said.
Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) general secretary Masiya Nyasulu advised the sponsors to engage them so that the competition should be run professionally.
“This is good development as far as football development is concerned in the region. However, we would advise the ones managing the trophy to follow rules and regulations. Furthermore, they should engage experts so that the trophy should face no problems,” he said. n