The Draughts Association of Malawi (Adma) has expressed satisfaction with the overwhelming response the game has received in most districts of the country.
Adma general secretary Suzgo Nkhoma said this on Sunday in Balaka during a competition organised to identify the district’s three top players.
With funding from Sports Council, Adma is conducting competitions in each district to select top players to represent it at a regional tournament next month.
In the Southern Region, Adma held the first competitions in Ntcheu and Balaka at the weekend. In Ntcheu, at least 17 players participated while Balaka had 23 contenders.
“Honestly, we never expected such a huge turn-up. It shows that people love the game in the country. It gives us the impetus to forge ahead with our plans to promote the game,” said Nkhoma.
During games played on Sunday in Balaka, Kenzo Kaunda emerged the overall winner with 40 points, scoring 34 goals and conceding only four. Matthews Chirwa came second with 35 points, scoring 25 goals and conceding six whereas Kasito Masautso came third with 31 points, scoring 26 goals and conceding 11.
Adma publicity secretary Arnold Kabisala said the competition in both districts was stiff. He asked the winners to prepare thoroughly for the regional competition.
“It is going to be tough because you will meet fellow best players at the tournament. You need to sharpen up your skills,” said Kabisala.