Candidate Master, Chiletso Chipanga, has said he is motivated to eye three more big events with hope and dedication.
Chipanga made the remarks after chess enthusiasts, led by former national ladies champion, Susan Namangale, organised a cocktail party for him on Saturday in Blantyre, following his success in winning Africa Amateurs Chess Championship in Zambia the previous week.
“I was touched and so moved with the whole set up. I am now determined to work extra hard, read a lot, analyse and play more matches. I will do this so that I should enhance my chances of winning other major titles,” he said.
Chipanga is in Malawi’s squad for Batumi Olympiad set for September and Zone 4.3 Championship slated for Zambia in May.
He also intends to secure funding from well-wishers to compete in Zambia Open.
By virtue of being Africa Amateurs gold medallist, Chipanga also qualified for World Amateur Championship set for Italy.
“I know that these are tough competitions but that doesn’t mean it is impossible to win them. After I became the first Malawian to win Africa Amateurs gold medal, I hope that I can do better in other major events,” he said.
During the same party, Yebo Sanga was recognised for winning the Junior Sportsman of the Year Award during the inaugural Malawi Sport Awards held at Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe on Friday.
Zimbabwean instructor, Margaret Ngugama, also received a special recognition for being the runner-up in the awards in Non-Citizen category.
Meanwhile, Namangale said the cocktail party was a success.
“We need to celebrate with those that are celebrating. We need to celebrate achievers so as to encourage them and also inspire others to aim for glory,” she said.
Malawi National Council of Sports Executive Secretary, George Jana, graced the occasion.
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