Zone VI Junior Golf Tournament starts on Thursday with eight countries in the Southern Africa region geared up for the showdown.
Tournament director Charles Katola said defending champions South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe and hosts Malawi will fight for honours in the Under-15 and Under-18 categories for both boys and girls.
Katola applauded the Malawi government through its sports organ, Malawi National Council of Sports for the support it has rendered to manage host the event.
“We are grateful to the government for their financial and material support,” Katola said.
“They have bought darts board, and sets of darts for us to use during the tournament.”
He also said Sports Council bough sets of track suits for the 24-member team.
But he declined to disclose the actual amount of money pumped into the tournament.
Katola, who is also the former longest serving Dam Association Malawi, said they were reclaim the gold medal after missing last competition held in Botswana in 2011after a travel ban the late president Bingu Wa Mutharika had imposed for government-funded trips to cut on expenditure and save forex during the financial crisis which had hit the country.
The situation forced them to fail to defend the title they won in 2009 in Zambia.