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Malawi’s athletes returned home on Tuesday evening after another disappointing campaign at the just-ended Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Some of the athletes jetted in through Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe whereas Malawi national netball team, the Queens, arrived through Chileka Airport in Blantyre.

Malawi Olympic Committee Treasurer, Henry Sakala, who accompanied Team Malawi to Australia, said the athletes did their best during the Games.

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“I think nothing went wrong as all the athletes performed well. We competed against top athletes in the world but some of our runners beat their own records. All the athletes, including netball players, showed great commitment—only that we failed to win medals,” Sakala said.

During the Games, Kefasi Kasten finished on position 12 out of 13 runners in 400 metres.

Golden and Dalitso Gunde also competed in 400 metres whereas Gervazio Mpani and Chancy Master took part in 5,000 metres race. Ndacha Mcherenje also failed to finish in the medals’ ranks.

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In a recent interview from Australia, Kasten admitted that they struggled during the Games.

Akulu athu akuthamanga kuno, kungoyamba liwiro lokhalo eee. Ine kudabwa kuti eee anthuwa aaaa. Kwathuko timanamizana komanso zachibwana wawa moti tikabwera apapa nde ndikaika gear ina moti anthu sadzandigwiranso chifukwa ndaphunzirapo zambiri [The athletes from other countries are too fast compared to us. We cheat ourselves and we are very behind. But I have learnt a lot, which I will apply when participation in other competitions],” Kasten said.

Athletics Association of Malawi General Secretary, Frank Chitembeya, also backed the local athletes’ performance during the Games.

Athletes from other African countries, including Botswana and Lesotho, won medals at the Games. But it was business as usual for Malawi’s athletes, who camped for two weeks before the Games.

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