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Malawian invents Gendaball sport

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Malawi and the world will soon start playing Gendaball, a sport which Ethiopia-based Malawian Francis Mwalabu has invented.

Gendaball derives its name from genda, meaning throw in vernacular, and a ball.

Mwalabu told The Daily Times on Friday that he invented the sport in 2013 in Ethiopia.

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“I decided to come up with a game that would be identified as a Malawian game. I am now trying to launch it in the country as well as in other countries so that people get to know what it is and embrace it.

“It is such a simple game, where one wins through points accumulated as he plays. It is a simple game and it does not involve much energy or injuries to the players,” Mwalabu, a civil servant in the diplomatic service, said.

The game involves throwing balls into holes that are on a board, which has points marked against each hole.

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The bigger the hole, the less the points and the players have to target the ball into the hole.

The points are then multiplied at the end of the game where the one with more points is declared the winner.

He said the sport will be launched in the country in September and in Ethiopia a month later.

“I have already discussed with the Ministry of Sports to incorporate the game and everything is done. Meanwhile, I am embarking on a tour in some areas of the country to conduct trials as a way of making the game known to the people. So far the response has been good. People of all ages seem to like the game,” Mwalabu said.

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