Bright rays illuminated the Southern Region Netball League (SRNL) yesterday morning when Rainbow Paints Malawi Limited unveiled K4 million sponsorship for the league—making it the most lucrative league locally.
From the package, K600 000, K300 000, K200 000 and K150 000 will go towards the champion, runner-up, third and fourth -placed teams respectively with K300 000 reserved for six media award categories, including the newly introduced for best female netball reporter. Sports Writers Association of Malawi will manage the awards.
Understandably, inside the crammed Rainbow Paints head office board room, there was ululation and hand-clapping when the company’s commercial manager Bruno Silas announced their filling of sponsorship void created by the withdrawal of OG Issa Group of Companies’ K3.5 million package early this year.
“The league sponsorship has coincided with our 25 years of operation in the Malawi market; hence, this will be called the Rainbow Paints 25th Anniversary Southern Region Netball League,” Silas said.
“We know that things are not okay financially, but we felt obliged to ensure that ladies have something to do so that they are empowered. We are here to stay. If all goes well, we might consider extending the sponsorship to other regions. What we need is transparency and accountability.”
SRNL chairperson Khungekire Matiya was relieved with the sponsorship and wasted no time in promising transparency and accountability.
“Words fail me. I am sure you have the confidence in our league evidenced by this investment. We know times are hard, and we are blessed to have you on board. Be assured the money will be used for the intended purpose. You are free to inspect our financial books anytime.”
Guest of honour, Netball Association of Malawi general secretary Carol Bapu, welcomed Rainbow Paints into the league sponsorship fold, saying the company had made the right choice associating with a sport that has put Malawi on the map, but one which hardly receives enough sponsorship.
“Be assured that you are not only painting the region but also the whole country. My message is that let us support Rainbow Paints through their products. Let us make this a win-win situation. We would like to see more of such sponsorships extending to other regions,” Bapu said.
Rainbow Paints netball ambassador Jessica Mazengera Sanudi and Southern Region Netball Committee (SRNC) chairperson Judith Chalusa also graced the occasion.
With such an announcement, the country’s biggest league, which contributes the bulk of Malawi Queens players, throws off this Saturday at Blantyre Youth Centre.