WVI Chingale Zone team leader Joseph Katholowekamo said the aim of the trophies is to assist development of talent from the rural areas.
“The games of football and netball require sponsorships in order to expose our boys and girls from the rural areas. In addition, sports will help by keeping out youths busy and avoid indulging in immoral behaviour,” he said.
He further appealed for accountability and transparency on the part of the organising committee for the smooth running of the competition.
In his remarks, Zomba District Football Committee (ZDFC) chairperson Rajab Namaraka hailed WVI for contributing to the development of sports in the district.
“Sports brings unity among the people and I urge all participating teams to exercise discipline throughout the competition. Since WVI started sponsoring these trophies, there has been tremendous improvement of the game in terms of management as well as officiation in this area,” said Namaraka.
The launching ceremony was marked by a football match between Changalume United and Namitembo Rovers that ended 4-2 in favour of Changalume whereas in netball Namitembo Sisters narrowly edged Parish Sisters by 15 baskets to 14.
A total of 34 football and netball teams from Chingale Zone have joined the competition which is expected to run for four months.