Malawians living in Kenya shine in ZIMAZA games: Pictures

Malawi has retained the ZIMAZA (Zimbabwe-Malawi-Zambia) trophy for the second year running after emerged overall winners in the games held over the weekend in Kenya.

The annual inter-country sports event which started out on bright sunshine day saw Malawians donning red, Zambians green and Zimbabweans in yellow streaming into the campus as early as 9 a.m.

The annual event provides ‘sporty’ interaction among Malawians, Zimbabweans and Zambians living in Kenya.

Malawians in Kenya in celebrations mood after the games

The sports activities included soccer, volleyball, basketball, netball, relay racing and long distance walking.

Malawians dominated the children’s athletics, while the Zimbabweans won the main athletic event.

Moving on to the courts, Malawi topped the men’s volley ball, (mixed –gender) basketball and women’s netball.

Malawi’s basketball team was boosted by the presence of an ex- national team player Henry Takondwa.

Malawi also did very well in the tug-of-war but, the Zimbabweans were better.

The climax of the games was the soccer matches where Malawi beat Zimbabwe 2 – 0 but lost to Zambia by the same margin while Zambia also beat Zimbabwe to win the soccer trophy.

When the trophy was handed to the Malawians, the whole Malawian contingent broke out in chorus singing the national anthem in Chichewa, with pride joy and much happiness.

“All in all, it was a great day, well organized and thumbs up to the Malawians who came out and brought free lunch for everybody”, Robert Hanjahanja Publicity Secretary for the Association of Malawians living in Kenya organizers of the event.

Malawian dish included Nsima (maize meal porridge) with Usipa (fish), nyama (meat stew), masamba otendelera (green veggies cooked in peanut paste) and mpunga (rice).

“Our neighbors couldn’t believe that the Malawians could have gone out of their way to feed everyone with real African food,” said Hanjahanja.

The occasion was graced by, the Zambian High Commissioner to Malawi Ms. Mary Zambezi who encouraged people from the three countries to maintain their unity as demonstrated by language, food and culture.

Netball action
Volleyball action
Celebrating Malawians
Malawians in Kenya at the games
Some of the Malawians who took part in the games
Winners of 100 m and 50 m sprint in childrens section
Chrissie Kanthunzi after running in the athletics womens section.
Braii time: No play without eating
Malawians in a ‘tug-of-war’ game

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