Cobbe Barracks, Kamuzu Barracks (KB) and Katoto Hammers have made it into the national finals of the Presidential Handball Championships following their success during the regional encounters on Sunday.
Cobbe saw off Blantyre Coaches Club 17-14 at Kamuzu Upper Stadium in Blantyre. KB beat Chilinde Hammers 38-27 at Kamuzu Institute for Sports in Lilongwe while Katoto beat Masasa Hammers 26-18 at Mzuzu Upper Stadium in Mzuzu.
Malawi Handball Association (Maha) general secretary Dennis Kumwenda said on Monday that the three teams will tussle for the national title at Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC) on Saturday.
He, however, said the event only involved menâ€™s teams because their annual K500 000 (about $2 000) allocation for the competition was not enough for both categories considering the recent devaluation of the local currency.
“It was our wish to have both categories in this contest, but we chose to have the menâ€™s teams only so as to build a strong national team in preparation for an international tournament this October in Durban, South Africa,” said Kumwenda.
The Southern Region event of the contest was initially scheduled to take place at Chichiri Primary School ground, but, according to the regionâ€™s handball chairperson Mctosheck Elia, they realised late that the pitch had already been booked for other activities on that day.