Member of Parliament (MP) for Mulanje Central Constituency who is also the Leader of Opposition Kondwani Nankhumwa on Saturday, November 6, 2021 launch K10 Million Primary Schools Football and Netball trophies at Chisitu Primary School Ground in Mulanje.
Speaking at the event, Nankhumwa said as a leader, he believes in promoting sporting activities at grassroot level which minimizes immoral behaviors hence launching the trophy.
“I am very glad today that am here to preside over the launch of this trophy here at Chisitu. The main aim of this trophy is to promote sports among primary school-going learners. We want them to have the chance for participating in sports activities for them to grow well and healthier in the communities. I observed that young children love sports very much they luck chance and this is why I decided to bring to them this trophy worthy K10 Million where they will enjoy sports,” said Nankhumwa.
Nankhumwa also said the trophy was planned to be launched last year but due to COVID-19 restrictions where sports activities were banned, the launch was then put on hold.
“Our plan was to launch this trophy last year but due to COVID-19 restrictions, we failed as the sports activities were banned. Now the government has ordered that sports activities can resume following the decrease in a number of registered cases, we have found it very important to launch the trophy which is expected to end in March 2022,” he said.
Nankhumwa also disclosed that he will soon introduce a secondary school bonanza for Secondary school students to compete saying the trophy is only for primary school students only.
“This trophy is strictly for primary school students only but my plans are already in pipeline to introduce secondary school bonanza so as to leave no one behind”, he disclosed.
In his remarks, Chairperson for the Mulanje central primary schools league Jonathan Billy Gama said the league is important as it will promote football and netball at grassroot level and encourage children to attend school.
“This league is important as it will help promote football and netball at grassroot level. This will also help the learners to work hard in schools as it will reduce absent rate among the students and that is why we encouraging only learners to participate”, said Gama.
The event was preceded by a preparatory tournament for both football and netball where eight teams, four from each discipline, received each prize ranging from K30,000 to K100,000, and those who came first also received trophies.
13 primary Schools in the Constituency are expected to compete in the tournament and the prizes are to be announced in due course.
In attendance during the trophy launch was renowned football guru of Ntopwa football club Jomo Osman, Senior Chief Chikumbu of Mulanje, councilors from the Constituency, District sports officials, and teachers.