Stakeholders to monitor Region 5 final camp


Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) and Malawi Schools Sports Associations (Massa) will jointly monitor Team Malawi’s final preparations of the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Youth Games.

The development comes as some 227 athletes earmarked to represent Team Malawi during the Region 5 Youth Games go into their final camping session in Blantyre from Monday.

MNCS Public Relations and Communications Officer Edgar Ntulumbwa said it was important to carefully monitor the final camping session to ensure that athletes fine tune.


“This period is critical as teams and athletes complete their training. Together with Massa, we are confident that our athletes will be ready for the event,” he said.

Ntulumbwa said preparations were going according to plan ahead of the developmental biennial games slated to run from December 2 to 11 in Lilongwe.

“Things have been going according to our plans. We arranged to have three residential camps and this is the final one,” Ntulumbwa said.


The first camp took place in June in Blantyre while the second was held in September in Lilongwe.

Ntulumbwa said they expect Team Malawi to break the record of 29 medals set in Maseru, Lesotho, during last year’s event.

The medals comprised two gold, 10 silver and 17 bronze.

In this year’s tournament, Team Malawi will compete in 10 sporting codes which include football (boys and girls), netball, volleyball, basketball, athletics, taekwondo, judo, boxing, swimming and tennis.

There will also be e-sport on a trial basis, with Malawi participating.

The Malawi athletes and their 55 officials are expected to depart for Lilongwe on November 27 for the games ahead of the opening ceremony on December 2 at Bingu National Stadium.

Athletes from Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, eSwatini, Angola, Namibia, Botswana and South Africa will be in the country to compete for regional honours while Mauritius and Seychelles will participate as guests.

Under-17 boys football matches at the competition will be used as qualifiers for the 2023 TotalEnergies African Youth Championship which will take place in Cameroon.

per request,” Mwakasoko said.

The three-day tournament, which ends Sunday, got underway Friday at Katoto Secondary School Sports Complex, Rosedale and Mzuzu International Academy volleyball courts.

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