By Sharon Jumbe
"University of Malawi Staff Sports Association (Umssa) will hold its annual inter-varsity games at College of Medicine in Blantyre on Saturday, thanks to Old Mutual’s support.
Umssa Public Relations Officer, Martin Matululu, said the games will pool members of staff from College of Medicine, Chancellor College, Kamuzu College of Nursing, The Polytechnic, Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must), Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) and University of Limpopo (South Africa).
“Old Mutual, who are the official sponsors of the games, will also participate in the games. Games to be played on the day are football, volleyball, netball, pool, darts, chess and track and field,” he said.
“Before the finals on Saturday, representatives of Old Mutual, Umssa and University of Limpopo will go to Orbus Care Centre in Ngumbe, Blantyre to donate to orphans and vulnerable children. We are appealing to well-wishers to join us in this good cause,” he said.
Matululu said Umssa’s objectives were to promote sports, healthy lifestyles and culture.
“In addition, the games are aimed at fostering existing friendly relations among members at all levels. Umssa is cognisant that such relationships, created through participation in sports, have significant potential of building bridges among these universities in other academic and research endeavours,” he said.
Meanwhile, Old Mutual Life Assurance Company Managing Director, Tawona Biza, yesterday in Blantyre confirmed that the company was the official sponsor of the games.
Umssa President, Bernard Thole, said that the sponsorship would go a long way in making the games a success. Thole and Biza spoke during a press briefing.