President Joyce Banda will on Saturday unveil a multi-million inter-constituency trophy, which will provide the platform for identifying talent in different sporting disciplines in the country.
The Malawi leader will officially launch what has been christened the Joyce Banda Foundation Inter-constituency Trophy worthy K200 million at Mzuzu Stadium, which has been conceptualized to address the need of unearthing talent in Malawi.
A football match pitting super league giants Big Bullets and Moyale Barracks will mark the launch of the mouth-watering trophy.
Confirming the development when she addressed a Development Rally at Bumba Model School Ground in the Rumphi Central constituency, President Banda said she hopes the initiative will help in unearthing new stars for sports in Malawi.
“It is through such initiatives in the past that the likes of ‘Shoe Shine’ were discovered,” said President Banda, referring to the nickname of her husband and First Gentleman Richard Banda, who was labelled ‘Shoe Shine’ for being a deadly striker for the Malawi Football National Team around 1960s.
Due to lack of initiatives like the President’s, Malawi’s sport has remained routine because of lack of raw talent to take the place of fading stars.
While in the past Malawi used to perform splendidly in many sporting disciplines, today the country’s performance has dwindled to merely participatory.
In the Malawi Football National Team for example many players who are past their prime remain active because their replacements cannot be had.
Lack of sporting competitions at every level of the Malawi society is largely the culprit that is blamed for the failure to identify raw talent.
The President also announced that she plans to facilitate construction of modern stadia “when my contract is renewed next year”.