Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) President Godfrey Phiri was appointed Treasurer for Confederation of Southern Africa Athletics Committee during a meeting held in Durban, South Africa over the weekend.
Phiri, who once served as the grouping’s General Secretary said Malawi would benefit from his appointment.
“As you may recall, I was once the General Secretary of the Confederation of Southern Africa Athletics Committee Malawi benefited a lot during my reign. We always got information on various programmes before other countries,” Phiri said.
“I believe this time around Malawi will benefit from appointment because this is a higher position.”
The appointment comes barely days before Malawi host Southern Africa Region Cross Country at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre.
Malawi stepped in after Seychelles withdrew to host due to political reasons.
However the AAM is in dire straits to raise a shortfall of K8 million to meet the K22 million budget of hosting the event after Malawi National Council of Sport who have backed the hosting offered K13 million.
The AAM appealed to individuals and the corporate world to bail it out considering that the name of the country as at stake.
“We are appealing to the corporate people to come in and assist towards meeting the shortfall of the budget because it will be an embarrassment to the nation if we fail to host it successfully,” he said.
The competition will also be used as qualifying race for the International Athletics Association Federation World Cross Country to be held in China in March.