Former Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) publicist, Makhosi Nyirenda, has been appointed chairperson of the Southern Africa Chess Events and Publicity Committee, a committee of the chess domain known as the Zone 4.5 (Sadc Zone).
Chessam president, Susan Namangale, confirmed the development, saying Nyirenda will chair the 10- man committee comprising administrators from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
“Nyirenda was unanimously voted for by the 10 presidents of Zone 4.5 in a virtual meeting held in August. The primary role of the committee is to ensure there is adequate publicity of chess events in this Sadc zone,” Namangale said, while adding that Nyirenda was nominated because of his creativity, contribution to the game, good organisation skills and passion for the game.
Nyirenda was excited with the new role while promising to deliver.
“I knew I was popular enough to be appointed as a member but to be appointed chairman has come as a big surprise to me,” he said.
Nyirenda published a chess book entitled ‘The Chess Injection’ last year and he is also a certified Fide chess instructor.
He served as Southern Region Chess League publicist from 2012 before being elected Chessam publicist in 2014. He lost the seat in 2018.
Nevertheless, Nyirenda continued helping Chessam from the sidelines whenever his services were needed.
He first gained continental recognition in 2018 when he was voted Africa Chess Media best essayist and was awarded with a badge of honour for his contributions to the game by the Zambian chess Federation in Lusaka last year.
Nyirenda also came on the limelight in 2018 when Mdina Engineering Company, who were the sponsors of Malawi Open, used his quote on their billboard in Blantyre and Lilongwe.
Other Malawians that have been appointed as members in various committees include Magret Ngugama [Chess in Education Committee], Mpilo Mizele [Development Committee], Wakisa Mweghama [Social and Disabled committee], Gilton Mkumbwa [Arbiters committee], Petros Mfune [Players’ Commission committee], Tapiwa Banda [Womens committee], Alfred Chimthere [Trainers Committee] and Fransisco Mwangupili [Technical and Online committee].