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Hockey youth leagues wind up Friday

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Monolux Paint youth hockey leagues wind up Friday afternoon at the National Hockey Stadium in Blantyre.

The leagues have provided a platform for young hockey players, especially from primary and secondary schools, to expose their talent and learn the basics.

Southern Region Hockey League spokesperson, Geoff Biya, confirmed that the games would start at noon with Under-17 finals.

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Central High School face Saint Patricks Academy in the girls’ category while Kadish Foundation entertain Saint Patricks Academy in the boys’ category.

The Under-17 finals would be followed by Under-10 finals where Mini Me take on Imperial in the boys’ category and Kadish Foundation meet Imperial in the girls’ division.

The finals would be concluded with Under-14 games involving Kadish Foundation and Maria Goleti in the girls’ finals and Kanjedza facing Scorpions Academy in the boys’ finals.

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Biya, who is also Hockey Association of Malawi (Ham) national development coordinator, said the leagues have been vital to ensuring the sustainability of the sport in the country.

“For us to have a good future of the sport in the country we need to invest in the youth. We went around the schools in Blantyre to introduce the sport and we are happy with the response so far. The kids have shown that they have good potential therefore we will select the best players and put them under a special training programme to make sure they learn more from experienced coaches,” he said.

“We urge all those that love hockey and sports in general to come and watch the finals to give the young players support so that they should be encouraged to embrace the sport.”

Biya added that if funds permit they would introduce the sport in the Central and Northern Regions to reach out to more young players.

“We would also try our best to organise international matches for the young players so that they should get good exposure at a young age,” he said.

Monolux sponsored the youth leagues at K300,000.

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