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Malawi rolls out Fast-5 hockey

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In a bid to improve the country’s hockey standards, Hockey Association of Malawi (Ham) has introduced Fast-Five hockey format which the International Hockey Federation (IHF) is advancing.

The new format involves five players for each team and they play on a smaller pitch.

Ham ran a pilot project on the new format last weekend at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre where 15 teams in both the men’s and ladies’ categories battled for honours.

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In the ladies’ category, Genetrix A won the title after edging out Scorpions A.

Alice Bandawe of Nyala Ladies was the top scorer in the division.

Genetrix A also won the men’s division after defeating Scorpions B in the final.

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The champions’ forward Temwa Chirwa was also top scorer in the men’s division.

Ham general secretary, Chigo Thindwa, said the association was impressed with the progress of the tournament.

“This format will be used at the Olympic Games in Japan. IHF is targeting the youth because it is a fast game and ideally the pitch is supposed to be surrounded by boards so that the ball doesn’t go out. Therefore, the players are always running and showing their hockey skills. It is so exciting and we are so happy that we have finally introduced it in Malawi,” he said.

Thindwa added that Ham would hold a national tournament soon to create awareness about Fast-Five Hockey.

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