Malawian athletes flop at world cross country

Malawian athletes braved the harsh conditions encountered on their 3000km journey by road to World Cross country competition held in Uganda but their performance was far from convincing.

Kanjala: Offered cash

The best performance for Team Malawi was achieved by Caphus Kesteni who finished the race on position 55, while second best Chancy Master 72, Grevazio Mpani was on third position while Harry Sichali finished outside top 100 at 103.

The only female representative Cecelia Mhango did not participate after being hit by malaria.

The  male team finished overall on position 11 out of 18 countries which entered team position, according to official results posted on Internatinal Athletics Association Federation (IAAF) getting backing from some local commentators.

Athletics coach and former short distance runner Dennis Phiri said Malawi had outsmarted most countries in the Southern Africa.

“Congratulations boys and coach. Team Malawi finished on position 11. The only Southern Africa country which beat us is South Africa. We are above many countries including Nigeria, Canada, France, Japan, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia,” Phiri said.

Another athlete Benedicto Makumba simply said;”They deserve respect.”

On Mhango’s failure to start the race AAM President Godfrey Phiri said she wished her quick recovery on her way back to another gruesome 3,000km return leg..

Malawi National Council of Sports Executive Secretary George Jana however condemned the association for what he termed embarassing the government for rushing to enter without money to prepare after it transpired that athletes were accommodated at a substandard AAM General Secretary Frank Chitembeya’s Area 23 squanty house during their preparations.

Jana said this should never happen again as it put the government in an awkward position.

Malawi Olympic Committee (MOC) President Oscar Kanjala, which offered K200,000 while Sports Council contributed a bigger chunk of K900,000, said they only got wind of Malawi’s participations with just a week before the race.

He also described AAM’s move as unprofessional which should not be tolerated in future as the association strives to get the best from associations.

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Zinenani Zoona
Zinenani Zoona
5 years ago

Sorry guys I have a different opinion here. If only everybody worked like AAM “athletes were accommodated at AAM General Secretary Frank Chitembeya’s house” Malawi would be miles ahead. He offered athletes his house. And yet nobody sees anything good here. This is an association that is at the very bottom of the country’s priorities. We favour football which dis-performs so poorly each time they go out, and whose association FAM embezzles funds regularly, rigs its elections, etc etc. I say bravo to AAM. The athletes have gained experience and next time they will bring medals.

5 years ago

Kkkkkkkk. Bwanji osangosiya

athlete wanuwanu
5 years ago

What do you expect for athletics association with the leadership of the Phiri and Chitemebya? Mr Jana, Your should be expecting these more surprises from this leadership. The problem with sports administration in Malawi is greed, the administrators as with politicians wants to pocket first for themselves before putting the interests of the sports men and women at heart.

Its indeed embarrassing that the Athletics had to travel such a long distance and unfortunately you expect them to win when you have exposed them to harsh conditions.

5 years ago

This must be the problem with Department of Sports and Malawi National Council of Sports with Malawi Olympic Committee for just staying Phwii. They do not even regulate the code of conducts of the people in the National Sports Associations. Honestly speaking, national sports associations are not there to develop sports but to extort and ill treat athletes. This must stop if Malawi is to develop and win medals and cups in sports.

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
5 years ago

Thanks Malawi Olympic Committee and Sports Council for the little you gave. It was timely given. Thanks also to former Likuni Boys Secondary School Sports Prefect, Oscar Kanjala, currently MOC President but come and witness Bua Hostel battling in a volleyball house game against Rukuru Hostel next week!!

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