National Gendaball Association (Naga) has elected its first-ever interim executive committee during polls which were held at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe on Saturday.
The new committee has been given a two-year term.
Alex Gondwe is heading the committee with Bright Chidzumeni deputizing him. Saulosi Kachitsa has been elected general-secretary while James Light is the vice.
Sports analyst Paul Kamanga has been elected national media coordinator whereas Felix Linje is the treasurer. James Maliro is the vice-treasurer.
Patrick Mkwezalamba has been elected national technical director while journalist Japhet Thole is the marketing director.
Hamilton Kadyeremwana is regional coordinator for the south whereas Davious Kamwela, Augustine Tembo and Dominic Namarwa are coordinators for East, North and Centre respectively.
Kamanga said the new executive committee faces a daunting task of promoting the sport.
“It was important to set up the national committee to spearhead Gendaball development in the country and beyond,” he said.
Kamanga said Naga committee will soon outline its strategic plan on how it intends to develop the sport.
“We needed a proper committee rather than using the steering committee. This is a new dawn and it will help us reach top level,” he said.
Francis Mwalabu invented the sport and said he was pleased with the progress made in its development.
“I am happy that we finally have an interim committee which will be running the affairs of Gendaball. This is a big step forward towards achieving my dream to make the sport to be firmly established in Malawi.
“The sport will now have a legally constituted body that will facilitate its development in Malawi and beyond. The committee will from now onwards take over various roles that I and a few others were handling on ad hoc basis,” he said.
Gendaball is played using a soft ball, slightly bigger than the size of a cricket ball, which is thrown directly onto a target board comprising 16 holes of varying sizes and values.
The ball is thrown from the playing court comprising 10 throw stations.