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AN ANALYSIS OF THE INTER-VARSITY SPORTS GAMES HELD AT MAFCO ON 30TH MARCH 2019

Malawi Armed Forces College (MAFCO) successfully hosted the 2019 day-long Inter-Varsity Sports Games which took place on Saturday 30th March, 2019 in the sunny-scorching lakeshore tourist district of Salima.

University of Malawi Staff Sports Association (UMSSA) organised the tournament which ordinarily is played among the public universities in Malawi.

The UMSSA Sports, was held under the theme, “We are one, We are many, We are Malawians.”

University of Malawi (UNIMA) with all its four constituent colleges, namely, Chancellor College, College of Medicine, Kamuzu College of Nursing and the Polytechnic; Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST); and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resorces (LUANAR) were the public universities that competed in various sports disciplines.

Old Mutual who have been sponsors of the tournament and the hosts, MAFCO, participated as guests teams.

Among the many competed sports games were football, netball, volleyball, darts, pool, chess, bawo and athletics.

This prestigious function catering for staff members in the public universities in Malawi,  which is normally graced by the presence of the Vice-Chancellor of University of Malawi himself, Professor John D. Kalenga Saka was opened and closed by the delegated guest of honour Professor Richard Tambulasi, the Principal of Chancellor College.

Speaking during the function Professor Richard Tambulasi, thanked UNIMA Vice-Chancellor (VC) for the delegated authority to represent the VC at the function.

Professor Tambulasi said various universities in Malawi cherish sporting activities for their staff and students so that they should be energetic.

“Universities in Malawi and beyond value the sporting activities for their staff and students for their healthy living”, said Professor Tambulasi.

He further thanked organisers, sponsors and patrons for their contributions in various capacities.

 

Professor Tambulasi (R) presenting an award

Speaking on the same function UMSSA president, Dr Bernard Thole, hailed MAFCO for the successful hosting of the tournament.

Dr. Thole echoed the guest of honour in thanking Old Mutual, who were the lead sponsors for making the resources available for the success of the tournament and for their own participation in inter-varsity games.

Old Mutual pumped in One million and six hundred thousand kwacha (K 1, 600, 000) worth of sponsorship.

On the theme of the tournament Dr Thole explained that they decided to choose this year’s inter-varsity theme to stop those who discriminate others because of various differences.

“We have chosen this theme, ‘We are one, We are many, We are Malawians’ because we wanted to show our oneness. We all need to protect, enjoy and appreciate the oneness together, despite being different in our culture, religion, gender, colour, and even in our actions,” he explained.

The Old Mutual Operations Manager, George Sambo expressed his gratitude to UMSAA for the top notch organization of the tournament as their company believes in corporate social responsibility for the society.

Sambo said these events encourage members of society to engage in exercises as a way of maintaining healthier bodies.

 

The Poly Darts Team

 

The organisers arranged athletics in various categories and the first was 100 meters for both men and women in which MAFCO in both cases won the prizes through Axendar Simwaka and Memoy Mnthala respectively.

The second was 200 meters men and women category where again Alexander Simwaka and Memory Mnthala scooped the prizes.

The third category was a 400-meter run for both men and women. MAFCO as one would predict that a properly and fitly trained soldier should depict his or her athletic prowess they continued to dominate this category with Mambulu Elija and Dygress Munthali scooping the men and women categories respectively.

The trend predominantly continued in the rest of the athletics category where MAFCO triumphed. For example, in 800 meters race for both men and women; 1, 500 meters (men and women), and 5,000 meters (men and women).

However, the excited spectators had a little change to experience when Dorah Banda from the Polytechnic emerged a winner in the walking race of 1, 500 meters women category while MAFCO maintained their dominance in the same race.

 In what was called “Special Category” men above 40 years of age were not left out as the organisers put up a challenge for them so that they prove that they were still going strong in an 800-meter race. Yohane Kazembe from MUST emerge the winner.

In netball, MAFCO won the prize after beating Luanar with 36 to 10 points in what promised as a fierce battle that would have put MAFCO’s dominance to test but the game did not live up to its billing. College of Medicine got the third place.

In a game of chess, where the brain is put to work, Freedom Phiri from MAFCO was crowned a champion after beating distinguished scholar, Dr. Edsiter Jamu from Chancellor of University of Malawi.

In the traditional game of bawo, predominant in Malawi’s cultural setting, Bruno Malipa from MUST won the prize.

The world-wide most followed game of football, saw the fierce MAFCO mercilessly defeating Old Mutual in a 2-0 thrilling game while Luanar came third after sorting it in third place play offs with College of Medicine.

Among other competed sports disciplines the Polytechnic Darts team won a prestigious gold medal.

The Poly Darts Team, as they fondly call themselves, finished with Seven points, while their closest opponents Chancellor college came second with six points.

In summary, MAFCO as one would have expected, the hosts and soldiers, put up a grand fight almost in all disciplines where they either emerged winners or came second in a tournament that patrons described as the most successful compared to similar events held in the previous years-no wonder MAFCO was the overall winner.