Lupaso Primary grabs Netball trophy
By Kondanani Chilimunthaka
FDH Bank, Mzuzu Mayor’s tournament came to its finale on Saturday, July 30,2022 at Mzuzu Stadium where ST. Peters and Chibavi Primary Schools were left to tussle in a decider for the football cup champions, while Lupaso and Chibavi Primary Schools battled out to find the champions in the netball trophy.
Speaking before presentation ceremony of the awards, Mzuzu City Mayor, Worship Desire Gift Nyirenda commended FDH Bank for sponsoring the tournament, saying in such times of economic hardship, it is not easy for an institution to put aside such huge amount of money just for social responsibility, urging other companies to emulate the example by FDH.
However, speaking to reporters after the awards presentation ceremony, Nyirenda who was Guest of honor, had this to say: “We thank FDH for their support, and the tournament has been very successful though it was a long journey due to some challenges like covid-19 pandemic, but we are happy that finally today we have crowned the champions of this trophy.
The competition has contributed a lot of positives to the learners, teachers, and entire community within Mzuzu City. We once again commend FDH for the gesture.”
On its part FDH bank through the Head of Finance, Richard Chipezaani expressed satisfaction with how the whole tournament was run, and the talent displayed since day one of the competition, saying everyone who participated in it is a champion.
“We are in pressed with the skills, and talents that have been show-cased by our young children through the tournament. The dedication and extra-ordinary performance shown in this tournament is a clear indication that the future is bright.
This trophy has proved to be a great opportunity for the youth to develop to their potential. During the football game, I could see so many Peter Bandas of the future, and during the netball game, I could see so many Joyce Mvulas of the future “. Said Chipezaani.
He further said it was a pleasure for FDH Bank to execute Mzuzu Mayor’s Trophy to the tune of K10 million in alignment with the Bank’s values that champions growth and giving back to the community as a financial institution through FDH Cares Program, adding that as a sponsor, FDH is happy with the fruits of their investment.
“Moving forward, it is very important that together as a community we support these young children in order to continue working hard in both academics and sports.
As FDH Plc, we remain eager to continue celebrating the successes and achievements of our young athletes.” Said Chipezaani in conclusion.
In the match that went straight into spot-kicks after a goalless regulation time, ST. Peters Primary School beat Chibavi Primary School by 4 goals to 2 to be crowned champions and went away with K500,000, gold medals, football kit, a ball, and a trophy. For being on the second position, Chibavi team got K400,000, Silver medals, a football kit, and a ball. While in the third place playoffs, Mtende Primary School won 1-0 over Kaviwale Primary School.
To emerge winners of the Netball trophy, Lupaso Primary School netted 13 baskets against 8 of Chibavi and received K400,000, a trophy, netball kit, gold medals and a ball, with Chibavi going away with K300,000, netball kit, Silver Medals, and a ball, while Ching’ambo Primary School had to put in 11 baskets past 4 of Kaviwale Primary School to be on potion 3.
FDH Bank which is also a sponsor of the FDH Football Cup and official sponsor of Malawi National Football team (Flames) splashed some individual awards like player of the tournament which went to Vincent Harrison of Chibavi football team and Selina Gondwe of Lupaso netball team respectively and both went away with writing materials, miniature, and cash prize of K5,000.