Malawi under-17 national football team leaves for Tanzania today ahead of its participation in Federation of East Africa Secondary Schools Sports Associations, (Feasssa) games scheduled for tomorrow to August 24 2019 in Mwanza.
Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa) General Secretary, Blackson Kalamula, Tuesday said the trip offers the under-17 football team an opportunity to fine-tune for the forthcoming Cosafa Championship.
Next month, Football Association of Malawi will host Cosafa Youth Championship from September 26 to October 5 in Blantyre.
“The tournament would involve teams from Tanzania, Rwanda, Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and South Sudan,” Malamula said.
“Feasssa invited us because we are affiliated to them and we need to also attend a workshop on school sports programmes. The competition is important as it offers the team the chance for exposure. It is not easy for school teams to get offers for international competitions.”
Apart from the under-17 football team, Malawi delegation also comprises under-14 and 17 netball teams and under-14 primary school football team, he said.
Despite being minors, Malamula assured that a team of teachers from schools where the athletes are drawn would take care of the minors.
Kenya are the overall defending champions of the games after clinching 28 team medals; 10 gold, 8 silver and 10 bronze.