Ex- Malawi stars line-up for festive games in Manchester

Malawi former national team football players and netball stars took to the pitch once again on July 6 in Manchester during the 49th independence celebrations from British rule, festive social football games.

The Malawi Association Manchester which was hosting the celebrations, organized a football tournament between Malawian teams from different cities in UK and also a netball tournament. There was also a basketball game  which  Mada Salama showed his skills.

Watched by Malawi High Commissioner to UK, Benard Sande, Malawi teams had former national team and Big Bullets star Acton Munthali who played for Manchester team. They also had former University of Malawi team goalie Ben Namba.

Munthali – still athletic –  reminded the crowd of his dribbling skills and darting shots.

Acton Munthali: Still around

Acton Munthali: Still around

Birmingham also had former Mighty Wanderers and Big Bullets star Mike Gladstone who skippered the side.

Nottingham which featured among them Balewa Mwalwanda, Fides Kachali collected more points in the mini-league which included a Congolese side which won all games.

Players in the  Birmingham side included Nyasa Times journalist Thom Chiumia who played in goals.

“This is great festive celebration. Malawians have shown unity and sense of pride,” commented High Commissioner Sande through internet streaming radio Pamtengo.com who covered the event live.

In netball, former netballers also displayed their  skills.

The Malawi Queens UK side defeated England select squad by 19-7 with Towera ‘Toxy’ Ngwira  netting 15 baskets in a game umpired by Charity Chiphwanya.

The Malawi side included Sharon Malunga. Linda Khembo Nwosu, Linda Bvalani, Judith Mlundira and Siyake Mangobola.

“It was great to play together. If we can regroup and play regularly, Malawi can count on us in netball, we are not faded stars yet,” commented Ngwira.

One of the organisers for the tournament, Mada Mpoya said it “great” to see Malawians play together and showcase their unity and sense of patriotism.

Winners: Malawi Nottingham team

Winners: Malawi Nottingham team

Malawi's Judith Banda Mlundira in action

Malawi’s Judith Banda Mlundira in action

Netball players: Sharon Malunga , Towera Ngwira and Linga Khembo No

Netball players: Sharon Malunga , Towera Ngwira and Linga Khembo Nwosu

The Malawi Queens UK squad

The Malawi Queens UK squad

Thom Chiumia took time off Nyasa Times to be in goals

Thom Chiumia took time off Nyasa Times to be in goals

Mike Gladson (right) with Kenneth Sazuze: Played

Mike Gladson (right) with Kenneth Sazuze: Played

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