The Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) hosted the under 17 and 19 girls national handball teams to a luncheon at Malawi sun hotel in Blantyre in appreciation of their impressive performance at the just ended International Handball Federation (IHF) zone 6 challenge trophy where the teams managed to win silver and bronze respectively.
MNCS board member and Chairperson of sports development committee Mrs. Helen Tasosa Mpinganjira, MNCS board member and Chairperson of Research and Marketing committee Mr. Gladson Kuyeri and MNCS Acting Executive Secretary Shephord Boma all attended the event.
Making her remarks during the event MNCS chairperson for sports development Mrs. Tasosa Mpinganjira congratulated the girls for making the country proud at the tournament.
‘’ You must walk with your heads held high, because you have made us proud by winning medals at the tournament, you have set the standards and we expect that the next time you compete you will do better. As Council we will always support every sporting code because that is our mandate and there is no minority or majority sport, every sporting discipline is equal. Explained Tasosa
On his remarks President of Handball Association of Malawi who was also the leader of delegation Mr. Thomas Mphande thanked MNCS for the support and the warm welcome they have received.
‘’We are very grateful for the support that sports council has given us starting from our camping up until now. We believe we could have won gold, but the problem is that we travelled by road hence fatigue caught up with our young players, but all in all we thank Council for the support’’
‘’ We would also like to take this opportunity to ask Council for support as next year Malawi will be hosting the International Handball Federation zone 6 challenge trophy tournament so we are asking Council for more support that we successfully host the games’’ explained Mphande.
During the tournament Malawi’s under 17 handball player Desire Kaunda was voted as top goal scorer, while Malawi under 19 player Patuma Kandulu was voted as the best goalkeeper of the tournament.
Countries that competed at the International Handball Federation zone 6 challenge include South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana and Eswatini. Madagascar and Seychelles took part as invited guest.
In the girls under 17 category Madagascar won gold, Malawi won silver and South Africa won bronze, while in the under 19 girls’ category Madagascar won gold, South Africa won silver and Malawi won bronze.