In order to protect the good condition of its cricket ground from attracting other sports enthusiasts, the management of Mpingwe Sports Club in Limbe decided to build a special outdoor arena to accommodate 6-a-side football and hockey players.
All 10 teams included members of Mpingwe Sports Club, but management plans to hold more such tournaments open to other non-member teams to enhance social and entertainment activities.
Club executive committee member Shiraz Zaveri – who was the main organizer of the event which included youth cricket and indoor football matches – said he was very grateful for NICO’s support, saying may it cement their business partnership.
“We are members of the various departments of the NICO Group and we hope that this fruitful mutual partnership will continue in the years to come,” he said.
“We came up with this initiative in order to protect our cricket ground which is supposed to be in perfect condition because when football and hockey players use it, they damage it through the spikes of their playing shoes.
“We had to facilitate this arena to satisfy the desire to practice other sports, which now adds more appeal for our members to continue to frequent our club in large numbers during weekends,” Zaveri said.
“It is our token of gratitude for the trust in us and we look forward to a strong partnership,” he said.
The NICO Group, through its subsidiary NBS Bank, has also supported the sport by sponsoring the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) Charity Shield, the proceeds of which have been used for the gradual repatriation of flood relief camps. from Cyclone Ana in Chikwawa.
In partnership with the Malawi Red Cross Society, NBS Bank and FAM delivered relief food items to flood victims with proceeds of K10.3 million raised through the FAM Charity Shield.
The food items, which included maize flour, nutritious beef soybean chunks and ready-to-eat Likuni Phala with sugar, were distributed to 986 households representing 4,930 people, who are in four refugee camps. relief from Nthumba (326); Medrum (250); Nanchinchi (150); and Tomali Admarc (26) — all under the jurisdiction of three traditional chiefs; Kasissi; Mlilima and Lundu respectively.
Last April, the country’s financial services giant also sponsored K1.98 million for the reconstituted Public Universities Staff Sports Association (PUSSAM) to organize a capacity building symposium among its committee members. executive following the disconnection of the University of Malawi (UNIMA).
PUSSAM was originally the University of Malawi Staff Sports Association (UMSSA) and following the dissociation of its constituent colleges into the University of Malawi (UNIMA); Kamuzu College of Health Sciences (KUHES); Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS); Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST); Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) and Mzuzu University – it was reconstituted as PUSSAM.
The NICO Group is always involved in corporate social responsibility initiatives by supporting education, health and other sectors and has played a huge role in supporting the government in the fight against the CoVID-19 pandemic since its inception. appearance.
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