Former president Bakili Muluzi’s son Zake has set his sights on Scotland’s Strongest Man competition at Grangemouth Stadium, Grangemouth, Falkirk, on Sunday.
Zake is in contention for the title after recently winning the John O’Groats Strongest Man competition.
The win saw the 32-year-old pushing Calum Elder into second place over seven tests of strengths which consisted of a keg medley,
Farmer’s Walk, squat lift, monster dumbbell press, deadlift, Fingal’s Finger and tyre flip and drag.
Zake won with 23 points, one-and-a-half clear of Elder.
According to inverness-courier.co.uk, the exploits have earned Zake the nickname ‘Malawian Monster’.
Zake, who is based in Nairn, lifted the title on his debut appearance at the event and received an engraved glass trophy and a £1,000 (about K1.2 million) prize.
The powerfully built offshore worker described the competition as a good run-out.
“I’m over the moon. It was a good run-out. You never know what will happen but I was confident in my own abilities. It was a fun competition and a good turnout as well. It’s a very nice setting and good scenery. This is my first time in John O’Groats but I’ll definitely be back next year,” he told inverness-courier. co.uk.
John O’Groats strongman Kevin MacGregor, who organised the competition, described Zake as a worthy winner.
“Zake was a worthy winner. The weather was not too bad and we had a good crowd, so I’m happy. It’s good to be back at the harbour.
“It’s the first thing there has really been for the community this year. A big thanks to the helpers and organisers. We were very well supported by our 20 sponsors so we’re very grateful to them,” he said.
MacGregor was the competition’s reigning champion but failed to compete this year after sustaining an arm injury during training several weeks ago.
MacGregor said he would be hoping to attract more competitors for next year’s event.
“We have a new champion so that means I’ll have to do it next year too,” he said.
Zake, who was born in Malawi and moved to Scotland aged 14, expressed confidence that he would do well on Sunday.
The winner of the contest on Sunday will be declared Scotland’s strongest man in addition to securing a place at Channel 5’s UK’s Strongest Man Finals.
He is Bakili’s third born from his marriage with former first lady Patricia Shanil.