Mtawali, Mabedi question FAM

They cannot commit their future to Flames if not consulted Flames caretaker assistant coaches Patrick Mabedi and Ernest Mtawali have made it clear that unless FAM consults them, it would be difficult for them to commit their future to the national team. Mabedi is currently in South Africa on a brief visit while Mtawali is…

The 2013 two-day Chancellor’s Trophy, the University of Malawi (Unima) colleges annual sports competition, takes place from July 6 with a timely sponsorship hike from K5.7 million to K7 million. The University Sports Association of Malawi (Usam) general secretary Chifundo Tenthani announced the hike on Monday through a brief statement made available to The Nation. “Usam would like to thank…

Blantyre catches netball bug

To mourners trooping out of Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital mortuary, the sight of the Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC) is insignificant and cannot soothe the pain of losing a loved one. The irony is striking. Mayo, amuna anga ineee! A heartbroken woman in tears drags herself past BYC with no or little attention. Ambulance sirens blaring…

Gaba nets a double for AmaZulu

  Gabadinho Mhango has reportedly created a big impression at AmaZulu after scoring twice in the South Africa Premier Soccer League team’s friendly match they won 3-1 against a Durban team on Saturday. The trials’ linkman Patrick Mabedi confirmed in a telephone interview yesterday that Gabadinho was in his full element for AmaZulu who are…

Queens dominate awards

Hours after uncharacteristically surrendering the 2013 Africa Netball Championship to rivals South Africa at the Blantyre Youth Centre, Malawi Queens had some consolation on Friday night. A stone’s throw away at the Sports Complex during an awards’ dinner, Malawi won two of the five individual awards for the five-day championship. Tina Kamzati and Caroline Ngwira were voted…

The curtain that went down on the 2013 Africa Netball Championship on Friday was summed up in Malawi Queens’ last gasp collapse under the weight of expectations against determined South Africa. While the Queens grew weaker and weaker as the final descended into sudden death, the Spar Proteas just grew stronger and stronger in mental and physical…

Title slips through queens’ fingers

Ranking at stake After five days of shedding gallons of sweat, the 2013 Africa Netball Championship ended in tears for hosts Malawi’s Queens last evening. A red crowd trooped out of Blantyre Youth Centre with a heartache of the ‘Flames’ proportion’ after the Queens succumbed to rivals South Africa 54-52 in added time. The Queens,…

Queens date Uganda

Malawi Queens need physical and mental character, precision and cohesion if they are to shrug off Uganda in this morning’s 2013 Africa Netball Championship semi-final at Blantyre Youth Centre. The Griffin Saenda side booked a date with the tough Ugandans after making it three straight wins in defeating Botswana 65-23 to top pool A on…

Queens’ perks pledge remains unfulfilled

The 2013 Africa Netball Championship hosts Malawi Queens remain the least paid at K20 000 for a win despite Youth and Sports Minister Enoch Chihana promising a raise on November 15 2012 at Sunbird Capital. When hosting the Queens on their arrival from Fast5 Top Six Netball Series, Chihana directed that from that time, the…

Some Malawians have embraced rugby as teams such as Thyolo are in the forefront. This follows a new Rugby Football Union of Malawi (RFUM) programme designed to promote the game at grassroots level. A RFUM report for the just-ended season of the sport largely viewed as elitist, paints a positive picture of how much the…

Malawi Queens were interested Blantyre Youth Centre spectators on Tuesday morning when rivals South Africa Spar Proteas opened their 2013 Africa Netball Championship chapter with a 75-34 defeat of Namibia. Watched by sports director Jameson Ndalama and Principal Secretary Justin Saidi, among others, South Africa fielded an experimental side as coach Elize Kotze did not…

Malawi, Zambia battle for semi-final berth

Zambia pulled a stunning 55-41 victory over Botswana yesterday morning to date Malawi today (Wedsnesday) in a battle for the 2013 Africa Netball Championship semi-final berth. The winner of today’s pool A match at the Blantyre Youth Centre would qualify for the semi-final as top team. Two top teams from each pool will advance to…

Operation defeat Super Eagles

For obvious reasons, the Flames fans must be following Africa’s kings, Nigeria’s Super Eagles, with interest at the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil. The Flames travel to Nigeria this September needing a win at all cost to go to the final qualifying stage of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Yet no Malawi football side…