Malawi Anti-Doping Organisation (Mado) on Tuesday held an anti-doping awareness session for the Flames at Mpira Village in Chiwembe Township, Blantyre.
In an interview, Mado general secretary Leonard Sharra said the session was aimed at equipping the Flames players with relevant information about doping ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals in Cameroon.
Mado education commission chairperson Oscar Kanjala and anti-doping education officer Yona Walesi conducted the exercise.
He said: “Among the issues tackled were effects and dangers of using prohibited drugs, nutritional guide in relation to prohibited substances and doping testing procedures.
“We would like to thank FAM president Walter Nyamilandu and his entire board, the FAM secretariat and Flames management team for seeing the importance of equipping Flames’ players and officials with anti-doping education.”
Flames team doctor Gift Ligomeka and vice-captain John ‘CJ’ Banda hailed the exercise as timely, saying the Flames need not to make any mistakes as they represent the nation at this glamorous event.
Said Banda in an interview: “The importance of the anti-doping awareness exercise cannot be overemphasised, especially coming at a time when we are weeks away from the Afcon tournament.
“We thank Mado and FAM [Football Association of Malawi] for this timely session. There are some drinks and food which fall under prohibited substances which previously we were not aware of.”