Commonwealth Games team unveiled

IMG_2906The Commonwealth Games Association (CGA) of Malawi unveiled a 20-member team for the 2018 Goldcoast Games comprising netball and athletics.

The games will be staged in Queensland, Australia, from April 4-15.

Speaking during the team unveiling in Blantyre, CGA (Malawi) president Oscar Kanjala said the country will for the first time be represented by only two sports codes following a decision by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) to improve the standards of the event.

“The Games’ commercial value has increased drastically and, as such, it is attracting top-class athletes—because of that CGF decided that most of the codes will be staged based on qualification.

“If the level of participants is low, top-class athletes would shun the event and in view of that, CGF decided to up the standards,” he said.

Kanjala said there were three codes—netball, volleyball and weightlifting—which required qualification and out of these, only netball made the grade.

“The other two were not ready. But then even for other codes that did not require qualification, they too were not ready.”

He said the development is a wake-eup call to athletes and associations to pull up their socks and meet the standards.

The CGA Malawi president and his vice Flora Mwandira said athletics was chosen because most of the athletes were not far off from the required qualification time.

Added Mwandira: “We had been discussing with the associations that we would only take those that are well prepared.”

Kanjala also said as CGA they own and facilitate the games while government comes in to support the associations.

England-based netballer Joyce Mvula has been named as Malawi’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony. The attire for the opening ceremony and the games was also unveiled.

The Queens left on the 17th of March 2018 for New Zealand for a four-day Taini Jamison Quad Series  in Auckland, which will also involve the hosts Ferns, Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls and Fiji’s Pearls from March 21 to 24 en route to the Commonwealth Games.

Queens assistant coach Whyte Mulilima yesterday named a 12-member full-strength squad which has seen the return of experienced goal defender Caroline Mtukule-Ngwira and Towera Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda and goal attacker Sindi Simtowe-Msowoya.

The squad also includes Australia-based shooter Mwawi Kumwenda and  Mvula. The other players are Jane Chimaliro, Takondwa Lwazi, Thandi Galeta, Bridget Kumwenda, Lorraine Ngwira, Joana Kachilika (captain) and Martha Dambo.

Said Mlilima: “It was not easy to come up with the final squad, the competition was very stiff and those that have made it were outstanding.”

Athletics coach Isaac Phiri said the athletes were picked based on their performance in international competitions since 2016.

The eight athletes expected to depart for Australia on March 25 are Dalitso Gunde (200m), Golden Gunde (200m), Benedicto Makumba (800m), Gervazio Mpani (5 000m), Chance Master (5 000m), Kefasi Kasteni (10 000m), Francis Khanje (marathon) and Happy Mcherenje (marathon).



Netball at the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Netball is one of the ten core sports at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which will be held on the Gold Coast in Australia. This will be the sixth staging of netball at the Commonwealth Games since its inclusion in 1998, and the second time the netball event has been held in Australia.

The competition will take place between 5 and 15 April 2018.[1] Preliminary matches will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, with finals matches being held at the Coomera Sport and Leisure Centre. A total of 144 athletes from 12 nations are scheduled to participate.

The following is the competition schedule for the netball competition:



The Malawi Queens have been placed in group B where it will face New Zealand, Scotland, Uganda, England and Wales.


The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) will be staged from 4 -15 April 2018. There are 71 Commonwealth countries competing in GC2018 across a range of sports.

Netball is a high-paced sport where split second decisions can be the difference between winning and losing.

2016 Fast 5 Netball World Series
3v4 Final
England v Malawi
Malawi celebration

GC2018 has selected Malawi to participate in the  Netball pre-competition Sport Rehearsal scheduled for Wednesday 4 April 2018. The match will be played under full competition conditions: 4x 15 minute quarters, including interval breaks of 4 minutes / 12 minutes / 4 minutes and Malawi will play against Barbados.

This opportunity provides GC2018 to test competition management procedures, sports presentation and scoring, timing & results technologies in a full match environment. Official GC2018 volunteers and Technical Officials will also be present to assist with match proceedings.

The Malawi Netball team (The Queens) left for the games on the 17th of March 2018



Commonwealth Theme 2018: ‘Towards a Common Future’


On 12 March people in Commonwealth countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe will observe Commonwealth Day. Faith and civic gatherings, debates, school assemblies, flag raising ceremonies, street parties and fashion shows are just some of the events they will use to celebrate the vast diversity, strong unity and uplifting values that define the Commonwealth.

This year Commonwealth Day precedes the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, when the leaders of 53 independent member countries will meet to address key global challenges and agree how to work together for the welfare and common good of its 2.4 billion citizens. The two events are joined by the same theme ‘Towards a Common Future’. Building upon the 2017 theme of ‘A Peace- Building Commonwealth’, this year’s theme explores how the Commonwealth can address global challenges and work to create a better future for all citizens through sub-themes of sustainability, safety, prosperity and fairness.




Malawi for the first time, had the honor and privilege to host the CGF Annual Regional Meeting 2018. The meeting took place in Lilongwe Malawi from the 9th-10th of February 2018 at the President Walmont Hotel in the city of Lilongwe.


CGA Malawi President, Mr. Oscar Kanjala

Commonwealth Games Association of Malawi said that, it is an honor to host such a meeting a few weeks before the Commonwealth Games since it will tackle the planning and evaluation of the the next games and with the direction of the GCF and regional leadership to plan and prepare, Malawi takes this as a great honor.

The CGF President Ms. Louise Martin said that with only a few weeks for the games to commence there is need for every single delegate to concentrate especially on making sure that their athletes achieve the best that they can.


Ms. Louise Martin: CGF President

The Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Honorable Francis Kasaila distinguished the event during the opening ceremony and said that there is need for strategies on how to prepare for the Commonwealth Games and this meeting is the best strategy for best results towards the games.

“If we prepare well the chance is that we can also perform well, Kasaila said.”


Honorable Francis Kasaila: Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development.

18 African countries representing their Commonwealth Games Associations  attended the meeting: Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Botswana, Cameroon, Mauritius, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Zambia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia and Mozambique.








The Commonwealth Games Federation Africa Annual Regional meeting will this year take place in Lilongwe, Malawi. This is a two-days meeting set from the 9th-10th February 2018.

This is a meeting that focuses on how Commonwealth Games Associations (CGA`s) engage and discuss crucial issues pertaining to the Commonwealth Sports Movements as well as providing feedback to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).


(2017 CGF Africa Annual Regional Meting in Kigali, Rwanda)

The President of CGA Malawi Mr. Oscar Kanjala, said that hosting this meeting will help them build confidence to host other huge events in years to come.

He added to say that this meeting will also assist in building strong relationships between African countries thus developing sports.

17 African countries will merge to Malawi, all representing their Commonwealth Games Associations. These include:- Malawi, Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Nigeria.

Amongst the important guests who are attending this meeting, it is the CGF President, Ms. Louise Martin and the CGF Regional Development Manager, Ms. Ellen Barwise.


(Ms. Louise Martin- CGF President)

All these delegates are slated to arrive on the 8th of February 2018 and they are to be accommodated at the President Walmont Hotel, where the meeting will also be taking place.




The Malawi Olympic Committee would like to congratulate the Malawian Athletes who have been awarded scholarships by the International Olympic Committee community to be in high performance Centres abroad as they prepare for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

These Athletes are:- Emmanuel Ndawu and Harriet Boniface from Judo and Areneo David from Archery.

The Two athletes from Judo are to be trained at Magyar Judo Centre in Budapest, Hungary while the Archer will be in training at the World Archery Excellence Centre in Laussane, Switzerland.

Speaking in an interview with the Secretary General of MOC, Hon Jappie Mhango, said that, as an Organisation, they are happy to be offered these scholarships and would want to use this opportunity for the Malawian athletes to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for the first time.

” As Malawi Olympic Committee we are very glad that these Athletes have been offered these scholarships.This was enlisted in the “Towards Tokyo 2020″ Plan as a way of helping athletes,individuals as well as team Malawi to perform well at the upcoming Olympic Games,” said Mhango.

The Athletes are to leave Malawi for their respective centres in January 2018.