Mixed reactions to 2017 in sports


Sports personalities have given mixed reactions to their assessment of the year 2017.
South Africa-based star boxer, Isaac Chilemba, described the year as the toughest in his career after being sidelined by an arm injury he suffered in 2016.
“It was unproductive and I encountered a lot of desperation and sadness. I cannot wait to see the back of it. I look forward to 2018 to get my career back on track. I shall be a world champion again,” Chilemba said.
Footballer Gabadinho Mhango said he had mixed fortunes in the year in which he struggled to score for club and country, apart from being involved in controversies in South Africa.
But the Bidvest Wits forward said he has no specific target for the new year save for continuing to work hard.
“My only message to the sports fraternity is that ‘do not drink and drive’,” Mhango said.
Football Association of Malawi President, Walter Nyamilandu, said they year had successes and challenges.
Nyamilandu listed down the success stories as being the K300 million budgetary support to sports from the government, hiring Flames Coach Ronny van Geneugden and making use of all Fifa calendar dates for friendlies.
He cited the challenges as “dismal performance of the senior Flames and the under-20 at Cosafa cups, early exit of the Flames from the African Nations Championship and gate-fraud.”

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