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General Alliance Insurance has committed to continue bankrolling the squash championship which concluded on Sunday at Blantyre Sports Club.

The insurers sponsored the eighth edition of the championship to the tune of K1 million.

General Alliance Assistant Claims Manager, James Duncan, said they were happy to associate with the sport.

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“We watched fantastic squash. The players were outstanding and determined. We promise to come back with a bigger and better sponsorship package next year,” he said.

Squash Malawi President, Matthews Mtumbuka, hailed General Alliance for supporting the game.

“Eight years is not a joke. It shows that the company wants to develop the sport to greater heights,” he said.

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Mtumbuka encouraged youthful players to challenge veterans who are still dominating the main championship.

“It is about time that youthful players also caused upsets and claim the honour. The veterans should not be finding up-and-coming players their easy prey,” he said.

During the three-day championship, Aubrey Taulo ended James Matewere’s three-year dominance with a three straight victory.

Taulo said he was excited to have finally stopped Matewere from cruising to a fourth successive title.

“He is tough but I conquered him because I was more prepared and determined,” he said.

Matewere said he let go of the championship because of complacency.

“I did not train adequately but that should not be an excuse. I just need to wake up and bounce back strongly net year,” he said.

In the Plate Division, Alan Alidi beat Richard Kachepa 3-2 to settle for gold whereas Frank Maliko defeated Paticio Ndeule by three straight sets to win the C-section.

Two female players, Lucille Kalele and Lusinda Manda Teylor, also competed.

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