Sunday, 29 August 2010 18:34
Nothern Region Chess League got a timely comeback to sponsorship from its two year Sponsor Ilala Crest Lodge Ltd. The Mk50000 cheque was received by the President of Chess Association of Malawi, Hon Kezzie Msukwa, who doubles as member of the Malawi National Assembly for Chitipa East Constituency, on Tuesday 24th August 2010. Speaking during the presentation of the Cheque, the Managing Director of Ilala Crest Lodge Ltd, Mr. Arnold Shaba said that he was happy to come back to sponsor the league after some break, that was attributed to lack of committment by the NCL adminstration who had mismanaged the sponsorship money at one time. Shaba said that the amount presented should see the League through for this year and requested the committee to re-open dialogue towards the end of year so that the company can budget for Chess again. Shaba is hopeful that directors should be able to approve a further MK150000 or more for the 2011 year. He also stressed that he would be happy to see more chess played in Schools. Shaba, a chess player from secondary school days says he is happy that he is contributing to the nation through this sponsorship. Meanwhile, Linda Jambo is the Ladies Champion from the NCL. She is expected to lead the ladies national team to the 2010 Chess Olynpiad in Khanty- Mansiysk later in September this year. Msukwa, thanked the Sponsor and assured him that he would personally ensure that NCL uses the money for the purposes intended. Hon Msukwa bemoaned lack of sponsorship for Chess in central region where Mtima Civil Engineering Contractors were the latest to pull out after the League lost another sponsorship from CIFU group of companies. The Chess president asked other companies to emulate the gesture from Ilala Crest and Lab Enterprises in Blantyre who are the only two known sponsors at the moment.
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