Malawi plucks five World Special Olympics medals

Special Olympics Malawi (SOM) athletes on Tuesday concluded their participation in the World Special Olympics Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) with five medals, comprising two gold and three silver. The three-athlete Malawi team saw Devison Junior Douglas and Christopher Namakha grabbing gold and silver medals each as female runner Clara Phiri…

Ecobank to sponsor Charity Shield

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has renamed the fourth edition of the FAM Charity Shield to Ecobank Charity Shield. This comes after the pan-African commercial bank yesterday injected K12 million into the four-team competition dedicated to the protection and advocacy against the brutal killings, abductions and persecution of people with albinism in the country. The…

I am fighting demons—Chilemba

South Africa-based Malawian boxer Isaac ‘Golden Boy’ Chilemba says he is fighting demons that have affected his career for the five years. The 31-year-old former International Boxing Organisation (IBO) champion made the confession yesterday when The Nation sought his reaction to an article in South Africa’s Sunday Times, which asserted that he is battling depression…

Women Football gets boost ahead of Olympic qualifiers

Malawi national women’s football team has received a major boost to their back-to-back 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualifiers against Mozambique following the release of strikers Tabitha and Temwa Chawinga by their respective Chinese and Swedish clubs. Football Association of Malawi (FAM) licensing and compliance manager Casper Jangale confirmed yesterday that Jiangsu Suning and Kvarnsvedens IK, respectively,…

Old Mutual pumps K6.5m into ladies golf

Old Mutual Malawi plc has pumped K6.5 million into the Malawi Open Ladies Strokeplay Championships set for Lilongwe Golf Club (LGC) between April 11 and 14 to be the headline sponsor of the international event. The investment and financial services company’s corporate affairs and marketing executive Linda Poya said they have partnered the Ladies Golf…

E-ticketing remains  pipe-dream

Football stakeholders have failed to fulfil their promise to implement the installation of electronic ticketing (e-ticketing) system at stadiums in the 2019 season. Government, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) promised to have the system in place ahead of the new season as a way of eradicating gate collection fraud…

Women football funding agony

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) is yet to name the women’s football national team technical panel, a development that might affect Malawi’s preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualifiers  next month. Less than a month remains for the new panel to identify, Malawi squad for back-to-back qualifiers against Mozambique between April 1 and 6, but…

Bullets ignores financial loss

Nyasa Big Bullets failed to break even at the end of the Nyasa Big 4 International Bonanza the club organised at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre last weekend after making a K5 million loss. Bullets chief executive officer Fleetwood Haiya yesterday said they have made a total of K25 million against their investment of at least…

Next Nyasa Bonanza to have more teams

Nyasa Big Bullets FC chief executive officer Fleetwood Haiya says the club will consider incorporating more local and international teams in the next edition of Nyasa Top 4 Bonanza following the “success” of the inaugural three-day contest. The TNM Super League champions organised the four-team international bonanza involving Bullets, Be Forward Wanderers, Mozambique’s Ferroviario De…

Kanjala in African Games coordination committee

Malawi Olympics Committee (MOC) president Oscar Kanjala has been appointed to the coordination committee for the All Africa Games scheduled for August in Rabat, Morocco. Confederation of Southern African National Olympic Committees (Cosanoc) website www.anocolympic.org states that accreditations,  processing of visas plus the organising of international transport, sports entries and chef de mission meetings will…

Visitors’ party

Be Forward Wanderers missed the Nyasa Top 4 Bonanza title through goal aggregate after tying on points with Mozambican side Ferroviario de Nampula yesterday. At the end of the bonanza, the Nomads and Nampula tied on five points as well as goal difference.  But the Nampula-based outfit scored a goal more than Wanderers which made…

BB, Nomads  in contrasting  bonanza start

Local rivals Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers on Friday had a contrasting start to the international bonanza at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre. The People’s Team lost 1-2 to Mozambican side Ferroviarrio de Nampula while the Nomads won 1-0 against Zimbabwe’s Chicken Inn.  Two second half goals from Belito Antonio and Rui Milambo propelled…

Zoya back at Civil Sporting

Defender Emmanuel Zoya has returned to Civil Sporting Club at the expiry of his contract with TNM Super League champions Nyasa Big Bullets while Karonga United striker Sherrif Shamama has joined Silver Strikers on a four-year deal. Zoya, who captained the Civil Servants before joining Bullets three seasons ago, confirmed the move yesterday, saying they…

Cosafa courts two potential cup hosts

Council for Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) has courted two associations for possible hosting of the 2019 Cosafa Cup, almost a week after Zimbabwe turned down the hosting rights. Cosafa deputy chief executive officer responsible for competitions Suzgo Nyirenda confirmed the development in an interview from Johannesburg, South Africa yesterday, but was tight-lipped on the…

South league trims number of teams

Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) and clubs have agreed to trim the number of teams expected to compete in the 2019 Thumbs Up SRFA League’s Premier Division and Division One to 20 in each section. In the 2018 season, the Premier Division had 22 teams while Division One had 28, but during a meeting involving…

South league, clubs bang heads over new season

Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) meets its affiliated and prospective teams this morning at Mpira Village in Chiwembe, Blantyre to bang heads ahead of the 2019 Thumbs Up SRFA League season. SRFA vice-general secretary Kingsley Simbeye on Friday said the meeting has been called to discuss strengths and weaknesses of the previous season and how…

Sports Council names final awards nominees

The Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) has released a final list of nominees for the second edition of the National Sports Awards scheduled for today at the Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe. Briefing journalists in Blantyre on Wednesday, MNCS administration manager Henry Mereka said the Sportswoman of the Year Category would be…

Queens tread dangerously

Malawi Queens’ delay to start preparations for the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England in July has spoiled coach Griffin ‘Zagalo’ Saenda’s training programme. In an interview with The Nation yesterday, the experienced coach said he expected to start drilling the Queens during the first week of this month, but the camping delays have…