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Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) has urged sports associations to develop fully-fledged secretariats in order to woo corporate partners and improve standards of the game.

Sports Council Board Chairperson Sunduzwayo Madise, during an interface with associations, said some associations were being run by one person as a personal estate.

“Yet such individuals were supposed to have specific roles such as treasurer, general secretary, among others. There is lack of proper distribution of power and responsibilities,” Madise said at Malawi Sun Hotel in Blantyre.

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Madise said lack of offices affected associations negatively.

“This becomes a challenge, especially when someone loses an election. All information as well as assets of the association are lost,” he said.

Madise also deplored the tendency of some associations whose officials travel without clearance from the government.

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“It looks simple but when unfortunate incidents happen that’s when you will need the government, through Sports Council, to intervene. It is always important to get clearance when travelling abroad,” he said.

During the interface, Madise also advised associations to identify other partners than depending on government support alone.

“Another issue is that of overdependence on the government. Failure on the part of the associations to raise own funds for sustainability of their activities also affects programmes,” he said.

Madise also encouraged associations to develop grassroots programmes and stop concentrating on elective annual general meetings.

“Lack of youth development programmes is also affecting most associations. It is also time for associations to concentrate on annual general meetings not only holding annual general meetings,” he said.

Football Association of Malawi General Secretary Alfred Gunda described the meeting as fruitful.

“It was a good meeting; at least we know what is expected of us,” Gunda said.

Lawn Tennis Association of Malawi General Secretary Regina Dembo echoed the sentiments

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