University of Malawi sports policy undergoes review

Emergence of other sporting activities in the University of Malawi (UNIMA) constituent colleges has propelled the authorities to have its sports policy reviewed.

UNIMA vice-chancellor Professor John Saka said this in an interview with Nyasa Times. He said in the past 50 years, a lot have happened in the sports circles in the country.

“There has been a limited concentration on sporting activities but now these have expanded. Bawo, draughts and chess, for example, are becoming to be strong sporting activities which need our input to make it grow bigger,” he said.

UNIMA vice-chancellor Professor John Saka
UNIMA vice-chancellor Professor John Saka

The UNIMA vice-chancellor  added that the review process will engage the Sports Council of Malawi and its affiliates to add value to the policy in order to be in tandem with the national sports policy.

He also explained that the erratic academic calendar has affected greatly in failing to come with a strong University football team as was the case in the past.

“We had a strong University Football Club (UFC) before the mid 90s because we had a regular academic calendar in UNIMA. But following the democratization process, which saw some of our colleges being closed and opened differently, our academic calendar has been greatly affected.

“Instead, there has not been that good cohesion for UNIMA to mobilize the talent, particularly in football,” said Professor Saka.

He pointed out that having developed the policy; UNIMA is coming out with a clear action plan that will enable its athletes to be
considered for national team selection in all sporting levels.

Sito Mfarinya, Walter Nyamilandu, Phillip Madinga, and Paul Mbisa just to mention a few, are some of the players who have played for
University Football Club.

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