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Two cricket officials off to Kenya

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By Mphatso Malidadi:

BON VOYAGE—Kapesa and Kamsonkho captured before
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Two Malawi Cricket Union (MCU) officials left the country Sunday to attend a week-long coaching course in Nairobi, Kenya.

The two are MCU Services and Logistics Officer Patricia Kapesa and senior player Donnex Kamsonkho.

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The course is expected to help the union identify and train more cricket players.

Kapesa said she was delighted to have been selected for the course.

“The course will help us acquire knowledge for improving our performance on the international scene. It will equip us with modern coaching techniques.

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“Personally, I also expect to deepen my understanding of the game through this course. Upon completion, we will be given certificates recognised by the International Cricket Council. This will give us the impetus to go for other levels in coaching,” she said.

Kapesa said attending such courses would help Malawi catch up with major developments in various aspects of the game.

“As the game is growing in Malawi, there is need to train more coaches to meet the demand. The skills I am going to acquire there will help me to train upcoming cricketers and make them great players. Schools such as Blantyre Girls need female coaches to help them train their players,” she said.

Kapesa said, after attending a beginners’ umpiring course at St Andrews High School in Blantyre, it was important for her to broaden her expertise in cricket by going for the coaching course in the East African nation.

On his part, Kamsonkho said he was ready to gain more knowledge to help develop the game.

“The course will help me to obtain a Level One coaching certificate and acquire more knowledge in training players. It will also help me to share knowledge with others who, in the end, will go out to teach others,” he said.

Kamsonkho attended Level One coaching and umpiring courses locally and believes the Nairobi course would improve his performance in the two areas.

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