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Sunduzwayo Madise maintained as Sports Council Board chairperson

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Tiya Somba-Banda

Deputy Vice-Chancellor of University of Malawi Sunduzwayo Madise has been maintained as Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) Board of Directors Chairperson.

In a statement released Monday, six new faces have been named members and they include Flames legend Young Chimodzi, former Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) president Susan Namangale, Karonga United official Alufeyo Chipanga, Silver Strikers Chief Executive Officer Thokozani Chimbali and former sports presenter Chisomo Mwamadi.

However, the likes of Helene Mpinganjira, Charles Ulaya Banda and Gladson Kuyeni have been retained in the board.

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Missing on the list from the previous board are Richard Nyirongo, Leeoberca Ndovie, Lieutenant General Clement Kafuwa (retired), Charles Malunga, Peter Kandikole and Rozena Kazembe.

Meanwhile, Madise has said he is humbled to be maintained.

“A recognition that I am still able to contribute, in my own small way, as part of the board, to the regulation and development of sports in Malawi. I want to consolidate gains that were made by the last board. I also want to help in professionalising sports administration and sports as a business.

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“Additionally, I want to rejuvenate dormant sporting disciplines and also lobby for increased funding to sports,” he said.

Some sports experts hailed the composition of the new board members.

Sports analyst George Kaudza Masina said it was a well-balanced board with a cream of sports personalities in Malawi.

“Looking at the line, there isn’t any doubt that this is a winning team to deliver on the sports policies in the country for the good of sport in general.

“All they need is support from the general public and those running associations bearing in mind that MNCS remains the supreme body of sports in the country,” he said.

Super League of Malawi President Tiya Somba Banda shared the sentiments.

“Well, a composition of seasoned administrators from different sporting disciplines which I believe will articulate well with the current needs of sports development and progression in the country,” he said.

Netball Association of Malawi Vice President Chimwemwe Bakali said the combination of sports managers from different sporting disciplines is encouraging.

“We are happy to be represented as netball once again by Helene Mpinganjira. We expect full support. As a team ranked sixth in the world once again, we have a lot of work to safeguard this and improve and we cannot achieve this without MNCS support,” he said.

The appointment is, in accordance with Section 4(1) of the MNCS Act of 1974, for a tenure of two years expiring on November 14 2024.

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