Newly appointed Malawi National Council of Sports board chairperson Sunduzwayo Madise, has promised to transform sports in the country.
Madise, currently dean of law at Chancellor College, said his vision is to ensure that Malawians enjoy sports.
“I will consult relevant stakeholders and also look at the challenges and successes of sports. I will make sure that government’s vision on sports should be implemented. Sports is part of entertainment so we will try to ensure that national teams should be winning by having a close working relationship with respective associations while also respecting statutes,” he said.
Madise has experience in sports having served as founding president of Super League of Malawi (Sulom) and served as chairperson for Nyasa Big Bullets and defunct Escom United. He also served as acting Football Association of Malawi (Fam) General Secretary.
Expectations are high across the sports fraternity following the appointment of new Sports Council board of directors.
President Lazarus Chakwera appointed new board of directors for 67 parastatals including MNCS on Wednesday night. Former Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) president Rosy Chinunda is the vice chairperson.
Other members of the board include Lreobecka Ndovi, Rosina Kazembe, Peter Kandikole, Brigadier Kafuwa, Charles Ulaya Banda and Malawi national netball team attacker Beatrice Mpinganjira.
Secretary for Youth, controller of Statutory Corporations and Secretary to the Treasury are ex-officials.
Local sports analyst Higger Mkandawire said he was hopeful that the board will deliver.
“Most of them have knowledge of sports in general but they need to be supported to perform. They should not be hand clappers, we need people who can deliver. Let’s give them a chance and hope they will deliver,” he said.
Former Be Forward Wanderers General Secretary David Kanyenda, was impressed with the composition of the board.
“It is premature to pass the judgement at this juncture since the taste of the pudding is in the eating. Otherwise the composition of the Council includes renowned sports personalities with solid credential and drawn from several sporting codes,” he said.
“The buzz word now is reforms. Therefore, one hopes that the appointees will set the right tone for an overhaul of our sports administration policies to enable us compete at international plane.”
Immediate past Sports board chairperson was Oliver Nakoma who replaced James Chuma.