The Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Vice President, James Mwenda, hailed the FutboNet Programme, which uses football to promote morals among young athletes.

“Through such initiatives, we might identify players that can be groomed into stars,” Mwenda said this at the OlympAfrica Centre in Lilongwe where the Malawi Olympic Committee (MOC) launched the programme.

During the games, MOC identified 20 players to represent Malawi at a two-day regional FutbolNet Championship in Zambia from June 10, 2017.

Zambia and Zimbabwe will also take part in the championship which Malawi won in 2015.

MOC Executive Committee Member, Dennis Kumwenda, said the boys and girls were identified through trials.

A university in Spain developed the programme with the help of Barcelona Football Club.

FutbolNet includes discussions, the actual playing and post-match discussions.

Players discuss and set rules before a game. During post-match discussions, points are awarded to two teams and the side with highest points emerges the winner.

Two teams celebrate a goal together.

During a game, girls and boys play in the same team and a point is awarded to a goal scored by a boy whereas a goal scored by a girl carries two points.



Malawi Thursday 20 April 2017, welcomed the Queen’s Baton as it makes its way to Australia’s Gold Coast City, the venue of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

President, Peter Mutharika, received the baton at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe on its arrival from Mauritius.

“I would like to urge all athletes to start preparations for the Games so that we can win medals at the Commonwealth Games next year,” Mutharika said after receiving the baton.

Mutharika handed the baton over to netballer, Takondwa Lwazi, before it made its way to Lilongwe’s Civic Offices where the city’s Mayor, Desmond Bikoko, received it.

The baton was then taken to Salima’s Livingstonia Beach Hotel for traditional dances and sporting activities before leaving for Zambia on Monday.

The baton has been to 10 other Commonwealth countries and Malawi was the 11th country to receive the Baton.



Malawi Olympic Committee (MOC) President, Oscar Kanjala, defeated his Mozambican counterpart Marcelino Macome 18-9 to claim the Vice Presidency of the Confederation of Southern African National Olympic Committees (Cosanoc) in South Africa on Sunday.

Kanjala said by voting for him, the delegates demonstrated their trust in Malawi’s ability to help in sports development in the region.

“I am very excited with the results of the vote. The honour is for Malawi. I will make sure that I represent my country well in executing my duties,” Kanjala explained, adding that he will work with other olympic committees to help Malawi with technical expertise.

“Countries such as South Africa have high performance coaches and top facilities for their athletes. Others such as Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe have also attained glory at Olympic and Commonwealth games. I will use my position to tap from their resources for the benefit of Malawi.”

He said his ultimate goal is to ensure that Malawian athletes win medals in major competitions.

The elections saw Botswana’s Negroes Kosietsile winning the regional body’s presidency whereas his countryman, Tuelo Serufho, got the post of Secretary General.

Zambia’s Mirriam Moyo was voted Treasurer with Zombodza Magagula (Swaziland), Matlohang Ramaqopo (Lesotho) and Admire Masenda (Zimbabwe) elected as Executive Committee members.


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The Malawi edition of the Queen’s baton relay is set for April 20, Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) has announced.

The relay comes ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games scheduled for the Australian City of Gold Coast.

Moc Administration Manager, Naomi Chinatu, said the government officials will receive the baton at the Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe before taking it to the Civic Centre.

Msambeta LEA School in Lilongwe will be its next destination, followed by a reception hosted by the British High Commission.

The baton will then be taken to Salima on April 21 for sporting and cultural activities at Livingstonia Beach Hotel and Mua Cultural Heritage Centre in Dedza.

The baton will depart on April 24.

Chinatu said Moc decided to take the baton to Salima in line with the Games’ theme- ‘Share the Dream’.

“We want to share the dream with Salima-based athletes and surrounding communities. The baton has never gone to any place outside Lilongwe. It is our hope that we will identify hidden talent through this exercise,” Chinatu said.

She said the relay is also open to the corporate world whose banners, fliers and leaflets will be displayed between Lilongwe and Salima.

The baton relay has been a traditional curtain-raiser to the Commonwealth Games since the Cardiff-Wales 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games.

It carries a message to Commonwealth athletes from Queen Elizabeth II, who heads the grouping of largely former British colonies and protectorates.

The baton is taken to all member states from the Queen’s Buckingham Palace to the opening ceremony. A message is then retrieved from the baton and read out by the Queen herself or her representative.

‘Greatest dancer at the Games’ gets party started at Olympic Village

2016-07-30-dancer-thumbnailThe self-styled “greatest dancer at the Olympics” stole the limelight at the first official team welcome ceremony at the Olympic Village in Rio on 29 July when 5,000m runner Kefasi Chitsala (MAW) gatecrashed a troupe of samba dancers to show off his moves.

Chitsala’s impromptu intervention struck a chord with the audience, sparking a small dance party involving athletes, coaches, delegates and volunteers. At the ceremony, in which teams were greeted with a display of local culture and inspirational speeches, Chitsala broke free from his compatriots and surprised a group of Samba specialists dressed as trees with a selection of dance moves of his own.

“I am the greatest dancer in the Olympic Village, I would definitely win the gold,” Chitsala, 22, said. “I have done it since I was very small, and we have some great traditional dances in our country, so I thought people needed to see them. People in Rio and Malawi are the same. We love to have fun.”

Up to 10 official team welcome ceremonies are held every day. Botswana, Malawi and Maldives were among the first countries to enjoy the experience on Friday.

Chitsala’s dancing delighted the show’s Brazilian director, Patrick Fernandes. “The welcome ceremonies are all about being friendly, and we want everyone to interact and enjoy themselves, so I was happy when everyone joined in,” he said. “I’ve been working on this for over a year and the first one went really well.”

Janeth Arcain (BRA), two-time Olympic basketball medallist and mayor of the Olympic Village, gave a speech, the three anthems were played, and their flags flown. Arcain thanked the athletes. “All those hours of practice have helped you to make this a dream come true,” she said. “On behalf of Rio, our warmest welcome. We love sport, and you have our support.” Gavin Mogopa (BOT), the first Botswana athlete to qualify for an Olympic Games in judo, was inspired. “It’s great that they do this for us, and I think Rio is very famous for being friendly and welcoming all people,” he said. “We’ve had lots of fun since getting here and are making new friends already. Things like the welcome ceremony add to that.”