Mo626 Basketball back

Mo626 Basketball

Basketball excitement for colleges in Malawi returns this weekend following the resumption of National Bank's Mo626 Basketball competition.

The competition was stopped midway two years ago following the COVID-19 outbreak.

With the Presidential Taskforce of COVID-19 easing the restrictions, that saw the return of sporting activities, including Basketball some months ago, Basketball Association of Malawi (Basmal) has organised the competition's playoffs in Mzuzu starting Saturday.

Basmal vice general secretary John Chazunza, said they have planned to have the tournament played within a month.

"We have planned to finish the competition in a month because we have three stages to complete. We will go into the playoffs, then quarterfinals and last stage.

"We expect good games because despite the stop, we have been in touch with captains from the college's who have been asking us on when the tournament will return. So they are so hungry to compete again," he said.

The competition has seven teams to play on Saturday from the Northern, and Eastern Regions.

Eastern Region will be represented by three teams, Chanco Hawks and DMI in the men category, while Chanco Ladies will represent the Women's section after Zomba Institute of Management withdrew from the race.

Ladies
Part of action during the launch in 2019- pictures by Benjamin Maona

The Northern Region has four teams, Livingstonia and Mzuzu Universities for both men and women.

National Bank of Malawi sponsors the tournament with K63 million.

The competition was stopped in the last year of the Bank's sponsorship from the agreed three years, and the launch took place at Polytechnic (now MUBAS) court.

Vice President, Saulos Chilima graced the launch of the inaugural season in 2017.