Malawi is set to host the 2013 All Africa Pool Association (AAPA) Championship in October in Blantyre.
According to Malawi Pool Association (Mapa) general secretary, Saulos Thindwa, Malawi failed to host the tournament two years ago due to other unforeseen circumstances.
He said 15 countries are expected to take part in the event and teams are expected to meet other costs such as food and accommodation.
“However, as an association, we require an additional K5 million (about $14 705) to meet costs of local transport and other logistics of running the event,” said Thindwa, who is appealing for assistance from companies and organisations.
“A lot of money has been spent to purchase the tables and we are now calling on different companies to be part of this tournament which will be hosted by Malawi for the first time.
“We want to have official sponsors of the competition who will have exclusive advertisement rights before, during and after the competition. They will also be advertising in some of the games that we will be shown on TV as the competition is in progress,” said Thindwa.
He also said they have already received the blessings of Sports Council to host the event.
“The crucial thing was to secure and purchase new pool tables and we have done that, to us, that is a big step towards hosting the competition,” he said.
“It has taken a lot of hard work from Mapa and Sports Council to reach this far. We are thankful to Sports Council for their expertise in advising and guiding us accordingly on how best to reach this stage and we do not take this for granted,” he said.