By Sibusiso Masilela | 2019-10-10
DARTS – THE Eswatini Royal Insurance Corporation has continued to show its commitment towards the growth of darts in the country after pumping in E120 000 for the 2019/2020 league season.
The new package has seen an increment of E20 000 from last season’s sponsorship package of E100 000.
ESRIC General Manager Zama Ngcobo said they were happy with their ‘marriage’ with the Eswatini National Darts Association during the past season’s prize presentation held at The George Hotel yesterday. “We are very happy with our partnership with the darts association which started in 2004 and has continued to grow over the years. We are quite pleased to announce a new league sponsorship of E120 000 and we will continue assisting in improving the sport in the country,” he said.
Ngcobo further paid tribute to the late former President Hamilton ‘Waga Waga’ Nxumalo for his contribution in the sport.
“The sport has continued to grow over the years and this is through the effort and hard work by the likes of the late ‘Waga Waga’ Nxumalo. The late Nxumalo is one of the pioneers of the sport whom we started the partnership with. We are looking forward to a fruitful season this year,” he further said.
Ngcobo then congratulated the reigning champions Malkerns Darts Club for their achievement.
Meanwhile, Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Harries ‘Madze’ Bulunga lauded the healthy marriage between the sponsor and the local darts association (ENDA).
“We are quite happy with the immense growth of the sport in the country which is a result of the good partnership between ESRIC and ENDA. We further thank ESRIC for their efforts towards the development of the sport in the county as they have been with the sport for many years.
“We further commend the good work by the darts association which includes the introduction of the sport in schools. This shows that the executive has a clear vision which we fully support as government as we encourage sporting associations in the country to have clear visions,” he said.
Eswatini National Sport and Recreation Council Chief Executive Officer Darius Dlomo also commended ENDA for exercising transparency in its operations.
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