PremierBet Malawi through its Premier Projects programme has handed over a basketball Court in Lilongwe, set to benefit youth from around Area 23, 24, Chilinde, and Kawale townships.
Minister of Youth and Sports, Ulemu Msungama speaking at the event at the Kamuzu Institute for Sports, called for collaboration between the ministry and other companies and stakeholders in developing sports in the country.
"The facility will help fight unemployment in the country as the youths will be able to generate income through basketball as a career. I am therefore calling upon the users of this facility to take care of it as we expect to host international standard games and therefore some teams may utilize this modern facility.
“We appreciate this gesture by PremierBet Malawi. This is the second time they have constructed a Basketball Court in Malawi which gives our teams proper infrastructure for preparing for the Zone 5 games in 2022," he said.
Premier Bet deputy Operations Manager Rami Ramia said they always think of investing in sports because it has the power to change the world.
"PremierBet projects believe that sports is a crucial platform to help the youth enhance their skills. We are therefore calling on the youths to make proper use of this facility by regarding it as a tool to keep them away from other immoral behaviours that would spoil their future," he said.
Basketball Association of Malawi (Basmal) general secretary, Peter Gomani said the association values PremierBet’s contribution towards developing the sport, saying this is the first of its kind in Lilongwe townships.
"This is a timely gift. For a long time, we have been longing to have such facilities in the development of talent from the youths, and we believe this Court provides that platform,” Gomani explained.
The company also renovated Blantyre Youth Centre volleyball courts last year.
They plan to venture into assisting netball as a way of giving back to the community they are working with in the country.