Twenty-one players from the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) in Zomba on Tuesday completed a two-day korfball training held at Cobbe Barracksâ€™ Wilson Square Court.
The players, who came from Zomba Airwing, Changalume and Cobbe Barracks were presented with certificates in coaching as well as refereeing.
They were trained by two instructors from the International Korfball Federation (IKF) and a local instructor Evance Chiphwanya.
Speaking during the closing ceremony, Korfball Association of Malawi (KAM) general secretary Mzee Makawa said the aim of the course was to train coaches and referees in the MDF.
â€œThese participants will be expected top form teams within the MDF units and play competitively with other teams in the country. What we want is for them to travel to other MDF camps and introduce this sport. The goodness is that korfball is a mixed sportâ€”can be played by both males and females,â€ said Makawa.
In his remarks, Lieutenant Patience Kayira hailed the organisers of the course, saying korfball being a new sport, requires a lot of input from the individuals.
â€œWe are hopeful of coming up with a strong korfball team which will compete with others. But we need frequent supervision and support in equipment from the authorities. Avail yourselves to us and see how we are coping with the sport,â€ said Kayira.
IKF instructor Theo van der Linde expressed satisfaction with the athletic spirit of the participants during the course.