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Football, golf converge at Lilongwe

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An inaugural national foot-golf championship—a cross between football and golf— took place at Lilongwe Golf Club on Sunday with locals and foreigners showcasing their skill.

Footgolf is played using golf rules with clubs being used as feet and a ball as football.

Chigoli Football Academy of Lilongwe organised the competition which attracted players from countries such as South Africa.

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In a press release, the academy said players competed in categories for national, female and youth championship over back- nine holes.

“The eventual winner, Chigoli founder Alex Scott, was part of the final pairing to play.

Women’s event winner was Caitlin McMillan, a former goalkeeper in the Women’s Scotland Premier League. Federico Bizzaro won the youth category.

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Scott credited his victory to “the practice round held at Kamuzu Academy and his ability to use both feet.”

The event raised funds for the academy which nurtures talent through football education, character development and nutrition.

Companies, organisations and individuals such as Mgoza Lodge, Kumbali Culture Village, Mama Mia’s, Everest, Koko Bean Cafe, Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, Kiboko Lodge and Buchanan’s Restaurant donated prizes for the event.

Chigoli is a registered non-profit football development organisation based in Lilongwe. It currently trains 28 players and also involves 2000 in the capital city through competitions.

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