Blantyre city council has announced the return of Nico Mayors trophy which is set to be carried out from 1st November up to 24th November 2023.
Speaking during a press briefing ok Thursday at Blantyre city council offices in Blantyre, the Mayor for the city, Wild Ndipo said the mayors trophy is significant as it will unearth the raw talent of young people at grass root level as they will emerge big football stars in the years to come.
He further thanked the NICO group for pumping in 35 million Kwacha sponsorship to this initiative, as this has helped add other sporting activities to the tournament aside from football and netball.
”We are here talking of Mayors trophy because of the support from NICO. We look at mayors trophy as a platform for unearthing the raw talent at a grassroot level, because if we get this talent now it will not be lost,” said Ndipo.
Adding her remarks the corporate affairs manager for NICO Mbuma Muliya said the company found it imperative to support this tournament as its part of their initiative to inspire kids and promote children hence this gave them a chance to give the children a platform to exercise the skills they possess.
”Its part of our initiative to inspire children, and this gave us an opportunity to create a platform for these children to show their skills at the same time building them and inspiring them,” explained Mulia.
Mulia added that the organisation also thought it wise to engage children as they are future leaders hence they need to be oriented in financial literacy.
On his side Ignatio Libwalo, the Chairperson for Malawi Schools sports association of Malawi (MASAM), said the tournament which is encompassing 6 zones of Blantyre city namely, Bangwe, Zingwangwa, Limbe, Chilomoni and south Lunzu will see the winner on a district level in football taking home K1 million Kwacha, netball K800,000.
He added that this year’s tournament will include other types of sports such as races in 100 metres, javelin, high jump just to mention a few.
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