Two taekwondo athletes have set the ball rolling after winning two silver medals for Team Malawi in the ongoing African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Youth Games at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.
Competing in the women’s 49 kilogrammes (kg) category, Phiri lost in the final after she earlier defeated Jaydeen Kaars of South Africa and Mozambique’s Naquira Tembe Thursday.
Earlier on, another taekwondo athlete Brave Kamanga won Team Malawi’s first medal at the same venue on Wednesday.
Kamanga fought in the gold medal match against Gcnumuzu Nxumalo of eSwatini in the men’s 48 kg category but settled for silver after failing to beat the visitor.
The Malawian had earlier defeated Langton Machekanyanga of Zimbabwe.
Kamanga triumphed 7-6 in the first round before winning the second round 13-11.
He said his mission was winning a gold medal.
“I was close to winning a gold medal but I don’t know how I missed it. Nevertheless, I feel my colleagues will do much better. They can build on this to accumulate more medals for Team Malawi,” Kamanga said.
The Games officially commence today at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe, with President Lazarus Chakwera as guest of honour.
Team Malawi has the task of breaking the record of 29 medals it set last year during the 2020 edition of the Games in Maseru, Lesotho.