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North East division dominates Youth Games

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The National Youth Games came to a close at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on Friday with North East Education Division (Need) dominating the games.

During the Games, athletes from all divisions competed in five sporting codes namely football, netball, volleyball, basketball and athletics as part of preparations for Africa Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Games, which Malawi will host in December this year.

At the end of the Games, Need won gold in U-15 football after beating Central East Education (Ceed). Need also emerged champions in U-17 football following a 4-1 victory over Central West Education Division (Cwed) at the same venue.

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Apart from winning football trophies, Need finished as champions in volleyball after beating Ceed 3-0. Shire Highlands Education Division (Shed) won bronze after beating North West Education Division (NWED) 2-1.

In U-17 netball, North West Education Division emerged champions after beating South West Education Division (Swed) 41-18.

South West Education Division (Swed) won gold in basketball followed by Cwed and Ceed. The winners in all sporting codes received medals.

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Minister of Youth and Sports Richard Chimwendo Banda was impressed with talent displayed during the games.

“The games are clear indication that government is serious on develop sports at all levels,” he said.

On his part, Malawi National Council of Sports Board Member Lieutenant General Clement Kafuwa (retired), who is also chairperson of Sports Development Committee said the games would help promote sports.

“The National Youth Games creates a strong foundation and a better future for our athletes. As a council, are putting in a lot of effort to make sure that we identify and develop athletes at the grassroots,” Kafuwa said.

Sports Council organised the Games in conjunction with Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa) to the tune of K140 million.

Massa President Blackson Malamula said they have selected several athletes who impressed during the Games.

“It was a good platform for us to identify talent. We are happy we identified good players who will represent Malawi in future competitions,” Malamula said.

The Games attracted over 800 athletes from all education divisions in the country.

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