James Matewere and Aubrey Taulo will represent Malawi at the African Squash Championship in Namibia later this month.
According to Squash Association of Malawi (SAM) president Jimmy Kawaye, the two were selected at the national squash championship which took place last week at Sunbird Capital.
“We had great finals last week. James [Matewere] retained the championship after beating Aubrey Taulo 3-1 in A Division. Aubrey Taulo was second as Julius Taulo came third. We are advised to send only two players; hence, the automatic selection of the top two,” said Kawaye.
He said in B Division, the national champion is Chisomo Taulo, brother to Aubrey and Julius, Osman Alidi was second and Chris Matewere, brother to James, was third. In the Ladies Division, 11-year-old Sheila Chimulu beat Mariam Suman (17 years) and Lucy Chilolo (15) to second and third positions respectively.
“Unfortunately, we will not be able to send a female representative because of logistical challenges. We really would have loved to send ladies, too, to expose them to the rigours of international competitions,” said Kawaye.
SAM recently had elections which were presided over by Sports Council administration manager Henry Mereka.
Kawaye was re-elected president with Gordon Benbow as his deputy. Zanga Chimombo is the general secretary while James Jamu is vice-general secretary. Chris Kapenda has been entrusted with the association’s purse.
“My vision is to make squash grow in all the regions of the country. We also want to excel in the international tournaments, but above all, I will be the happiest person to see squash being accepted as an Olympic sport in 2020,” said Kawaye.