Naizi Primary Football team and Mbayani Primary Netball team have emerged winners in the 2016 Under 14 Blantyre Mayors Trophy by overcoming Makata Primary and Chilomoni Primary school respectively.
The competition, which was launched some months ago by the City’ Mayor Noel Chilamanda, saw Blantyre based primary schools competing for honors in all primary schools.
Two football teams had to battle it out for the main prize at Kamuzu Stadium in front of Minister of Local Government Kondwani Nankhumwa and several officials from the Football Association of Malawi (FAM).
And on the pitch, Naizi Primary School got the better of their counterparts by thumping them 2-nil to walk away with a trophy plus cash amounting to K400 000, with Makata Primary being consoled with K300 000.
In netball category, Mbayani Primary got the better of Chilomoni LEA to walk away with a trophy and K300 000 in prize money.
Speaking to the media after the event, Chalamanda hailed the corporate world for the overwhelming support from the start to the end and promised to have the tournament back again next year.
“First of all, I would like to thank the corporate world for the support rendered to this competition from the start to the end. I am very happy with what we have achieved so far and you can see that the kids were happy throughout the competition. We will have the tournament back next year with a bang,” he said.
The tournament produced some individual accolades, with Daniel Nyambose being voted the footballer of the tournament and was given a K10 000 cash.
Chinsinsi Mussa from Naizi Primary School finished the tournament as the goal scorer and was also awarded with cash amounting to K10 000.
In netball category, Mbayani Primary School’s Florence Mkandawire finished the tournament as the top shooter, with Bertha Makwinja being named the netballer of the tournament and were both given K10 000 each.