Silver beat retired players in maternal health match

Silver Strikers on Sunday played against retired players from different teams at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe in a bid to save the lives of mothers and babies.

The game that was played at an event dubbed Mamaye Silver Open Day, ended 3-1 in favour of the TNM Champions League holders. However, the retired side did not make it easy for them.

Kola Akimu was first to score with a brilliant headed in the first five minutes of the game, giving a lead to the retired players. But it was not long before Tony Chistulu equalised for Silver Strikers in the 31 minute of the first half.

In the second half, the retired side, seemingly the crowd favourites, looked tired but kept fighting. They conceded two more goals from Loleni Zakalia and Alick Zulu respectively.

Before this game, Silver Strikers supporters played against the football club executive in a match that ended 1-1.

The day was organised alongside a bleeding clinic which managed to collect 59 units. The blood will go towards saving the lives of mothers and children in Malawi. Loss of blood during childbirth is one of the leading causes of deaths among mothers.

Part of the action
Part of the action
Silver strikers pose with some of blood donors
Silver strikers pose with some of blood donors

Silver Strikers chairperson McDonald Mwale said the team did not hesitate to take part in the event because they wanted to lead by example in the sports fraternity that it is the responsibility of everyone to save mothers and babies.

Mwale said: “When we were approached by Mamaye to play a role is safe motherhood we saw it as an opportunity to give back to our supporters. We are a big team and have lots of supporters and we asked everyone that could come to be part of this life saving event.

“This is just the beginning for us and we hope to work with the Mamaye Campaign in the near future on similar life saving events. We hope that the next one will be bigger.”

Some of the notable names from the retired side were Russell Mwafulilwa, Peter Mgangira, Lovemore Fazili, Charles Malungo and Andrew Chikhosi among others

The event was organised by Mamaye in collaboration with Silver Strikers Football Club and the Malawi Blood Transfusion Services (MBTS).

Mamaye National Coordinator Charles Makwenda said the event was organised to show people that they can take simple actions to save mothers and babies in Malawi.

“Maternal and newborn health is no longer just a health sector issue. If we are to save our mothers then everyone must take a part and donating blood is one of those small acts. Everyday between 6 and 8 mothers die in Malawi and most of these die due to lack of blodd at the hospital.”

Mamaye is a campaign that hopes to improve maternal and newborn survival by engaging the wider public in maternal and newborn survival through sharing and communicating evidence, undertaking advocacy, and encouraging the accountability of all stakeholders involved in maternal and newborn health (MNH).

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