Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) has challenged 40 athletes who are in Zimbabwe for the Mashonaland Provincial Championship to bring home medals.
The athletes are fine-tuning ahead of the African Union Region Five Under-20 Games scheduled for Angola in December.
Lawn tennis, boxing, judo, athletics and shot-put athletes underwent eight-month intensive training at College of Medicine (CoM) Sports Complex High Performance Centre (HPC) under the Council’s Podium Performance Programme (PPP).
“We expect you to bring home medals from Zimbabwe because it is this event that will determine whether we should proceed with the program. It is up to you to save yourselves and the jobs of your coaches,” said MNCS executive secretary George Jana.
Malawi team captain short-distance runner Innocent Bashat said they will do anything possible to bring home medals as they have no excuse in terms of their preparations.
“We were given everything we needed to prepare for the event and it is time to produce results,” said Bashat.
The competition is expected to start today with lawn tennis event.
Boxing, judo, athletics and shot-put events will start tomorrow.