Malawi’s own sport invention, gendaball, seems to have earned the confidence of the corporate sector as it continues to grow.
After calling for support from various stakeholders to help in extending the game to all parts of the country, FDH Bank responded favourably by donating K400,000.
Ethiopia-based Malawian gendaball inventor, Francis Mwalabu, made the disclosure on the sidelines of a clinic which the sport’s steering committee held at Malawi Institute of Tourism (MIT) in Blantyre on Friday.
“Let me express my appreciation and gratitude to FDH Bank for the financial support of K400,000. With this financial support, we will manage to reach other parts of the country. So far, we are happy with how Malawians are responding to the game and we will do whatever we can to make sure that this sport becomes popular,” Mwalabu said.
FDH Bank Public Relations Officer, Lorraine Lusinje, said they were impressed with the proposal they got from gendaball.
“FDH Bank is a champion of growth and always takes keen interest in various opportunities that offer growth as a benefit to the people involved. The gendaball initiative is another avenue to foster creativity, teamwork and discipline in our people.
“Through the alumni association, teams that will take part in the tournament and, consequently, youths and others will benefit from this initiative. This is why we took interest in supporting the cause,” Lusinje said.
Meanwhile, MIT students have welcomed the sport and asked the steering committee to organise more clinics.
“The sport is quite thrilling and it helps you to focus. I am willing to take it seriously if structures are there to play it regularly,” one of the students, Augaden Mfune, said.
Another student, Tionge Banda, said the nation should adopt the sport and introduce outreach programmes to promote it.
“We need to embrace this sport. It is exciting and easy to master,” Banda said.
The game’s steering committee is holding a number of clinics to promote the sport.