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First Capital Bank outfits Malawi national hockey teams ahead of African Games qualifiers in Zimbabwe

First Capital Bank on Friday donated four sets of game shirts and a training kit to the Malawi women’s and men’s national hockey teams worth K2 million, to be used by both teams in their next African Games qualifiers which will be played from August 31 to September 4 in Zimbabwe.

The hockey teams, consisting of 19 girls and 19 boys, were due to leave the country on Monday August 29 by road for the round robin format against Zambia, Namibia and hosts Zimbabwe in which the top 2 teams will qualify for the All Final of the African Games next year in Ghana.

Twikale Chirwa (right) with the president of HAM Mughogho and some players

Twikale Chirwa, Head of Marketing at First Capital Bank, said they think it is wise to partner with the teams and the Hockey Association of Malawi (HAM) as they will carry the flag of Malawi and, as such, require the full support of every citizen to do better at The Tournament.

“As you know, in addition to sponsoring football, we also organize local hockey competitions,” he said. “It was our pleasure to dress the team in shirts as apart from representing Malawi they will also represent our business in the region – as we are available in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique as well as Mauritius.

“We hope our boys and girls will fight hard and qualify for Ghana,” Chirwa said.

HAM President Wanthaza Mughogho has applauded First Capital Bank for the gesture, which he says boosts the morale of the players, adding that the tournament is very important for Malawi hockey – so promised to do its utmost possible so as not to disappoint the sponsors.

“We last participated in such a tournament in 2017, but we don’t take this as a big setback because we are going well prepared and will show people that despite the long absence, we still have skillful players who are capable to do better at the international level.

“The players have been in camp for two months and we are very optimistic that they will give us positive results,” he said.

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