Man who taught netball in Malawi no more

The man who introduced netball in Malawi in the early 80’s Aston Msukwa has died at the age of 70, relatives have confirmed.

Aston Msukwa: No more -Picture credit: Sebastian Nyirenda

Aston Msukwa: No more -Picture credit: Sebastian Nyirenda

Speaking in an interview on Saturday, Silveria Chalira who is president of women football in Malawi and a relative to the deceased said Msukwa has been ill for some time and he died on Good Friday March 25, 2016 at Mzuzu Central Hospital in Malawi’s Northern city.

“Yes indeed, Msukwa has been ill since January this year. He was several times admitted at Mzuzu Central Hospital for treatment after complaining of general body pains before he died,” said Chalira.

Msukwa was also made sports development officer for Northern Malawi in 1984 and he retired in 2012 as Mzuzu city stadium Manager.

He also held several positions in Malawi football including establishing youth football teams.

Award -winning  Malawi National netball team coach Griffin ‘Zagaro’ Saenda who has helped Malawi Queens ranked 5th on world netball  said he was shocked to learn the death of Msukwa who helped Malawi netball grow as evidenced by producing world best netball player and athlete Mwawi Kumwenda.

“He taught netball and athletics alongside me at the Kamuzu Institute for sports in, Lilongwe in the early 80’s and we saw the development of netball together and to lose him, it’s very sad story,” said Saenda.

Malawi Netball president Rossy Chinunda said while he has received the news with sadness, she is ignorant of the man’s netball history  and could not comment much.

Malawi’s Minister of Youth Sports and Culture Grace  Chiumia expressed shock at the death saying Malawi has lost somebody who was so developmental in Malawi netball.

Sports Development officer for the Northern Malawi Georgina Msowoya said Msukwa was a hard working person who during his time as stadium Manager established many sports disciplines including netball.

Former Northern Region football chairman Peter Chavula said he expected most sports disciplines to be on a holiday to honour the man but was disappointed to see many playing games instead of giving the man their last respects.

Msukwa was laid to rest on Sunday at his home Misuku Hills in Chitipa district near boarder with Tanzania.

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14 thoughts on “Man who taught netball in Malawi no more”

  1. Adigobala says:

    I am 116 now, and I started playing netball at the age of 16 at Nchesi, Lilongwe.

  2. Mzuzuiana says:

    Jere @ #2. This story has not been written by all people from the North. You should have just disagreed with the author like all othe 11 comments have indicated. I am from the North and I absolutely disagree with the writer on when netball was introduced to Malawi. I played netball for LL Girls Sec school in the mid sixties.

  3. OCHEWA says:

    Zikuonetsa kuti NAM president is there 4 her own benefit. Why failed to comment kapena u do not keep record at NAM shame on u mayi. Yambani lero kufufuza history ya malo mukugwirapo ntchito.

  4. dpp_sapota says:

    this article has achieved its goal of confusing me, thank you.

  5. mtayeni wadya nawo

  6. Chambe says:

    The only indisputable thruth is that Musukwa passed away.

  7. ineyo says:

    He taught netball in Malawi in the early 80! I don’t know if this has anything to do with introduction of netball in Malawi. It is indeed perfectly true that netball has been there long before Msukwa (mhsrip) started teaching netball in Malawi.

  8. bola mahule alibe mwano says:

    mukunamatu inu. tinayamba netball mu 1980 ifeyo?

  9. Wamwana says:

    The report is inaccurate. Netball has been there even during colonial days. What are u talking about? What is wrong with u reporters? Kumango lota basi! U can’t even do research!

  10. Freck Malunga says:

    Tiyenazoni this iz mw n its the way we behav.Ena koma ife ena koma ife.

  11. Mphwache says:

    I was at Chitawira Primary School from 1965 to 69 and other places like Dowa, Mchinji during the early 70’s. Girls were playing netball at all these schools in my time. The rukes of the game may have changed a little, but it was netball as we know it today. I can re-collect netball being played at Blantyre Youth Centre even before I started school, where some white/coloured lady was coaching and umpiring, while i was a ball bay at the tennis courts.

  12. naphili says:

    I was at Mzuzu Govt. Secondary School and we used to play netball then in the late 60s competing with Mary Mount Secondary School. Netball has always been there.

  13. Jere says:

    Zabodza netball was there in 1960s. Atumbuka paja ukwezana mmwamba

  14. Fletcher M Phiri says:

    Surely netball has been in Malawi long before 1980s are these facts correct?

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