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Mixed fortunes for Malawi teams in Tanzania

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Two Malawian teams Monday returned from Tanzania where they played four friendly games in Dar Es Salaam over the weekend.

Local national champions, Bricks of Blantyre and up-and-coming Lilongwe side, Brave Hearts, left for the East African nation on Friday and played the friendly games on Saturday and on Sunday.

The trip was sponsored by G.Y. Import and Export, whose managing director, Griffin Kaluwa, accompanied the teams.

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On Saturday, Brave Hearts lost to West Zone 34-37 while Bricks went down 45-49 to East Zone.

The following day, Brave Hearts upped the tempo to beat one of Tanzania Basketball League’s top-three teams, Jogoo 47-41. Bricks lost again in the second game, 46-34 to West Zone III.

Kaluwa conceded defeat in the three games, but said officiation in Saturday’s games was biased.

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“We played like our lives depended on it. I have never seen the two teams play like this before. But the Tanzanian referees were heavily-biased towards their teams. Sad,” commented Kalua in a Whatsapp message, while commending Brave Hearts for putting up one of their best performances on Sunday.

The trip was part of Kalua’s pledge that he would fly the national championships to Tanzania by Fast Jet. He said took Brave Hearts along on the trip to motivate youngsters in the club.

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