The Malawi national golf team on Monday started preparations for the Zone VI Tournament.
National golf coach Chris Kachiguma confirmed on Wednesday that apart from Paul Chidale, the rest of the players have reported for training in readiness for the tournament which will run from April 16-19 at Lilongwe Golf Club (LGC).
“All the players are in except for Paul [Chidale] who is sorting out a few issues with his employers,” said Kachiguma.
Chidale confirmed his absence, but said he would join the squad Friday.
Kachiguma said the preparations have started in earnest with emphasis on pairings.
The Golf Union of Malawi (GUoM) last week released a 10-member squad to go into full-time camp training.
During last yearâ€™s Zone VI tournament in Kenya, Malawi finished eighth while their best finish was in 2003 and 1986 when they finished second.
Meanwhile, the Royal & Ancient R&A golf of St Andrews, Scotland, a world golf governing body has certified Lilongwe Golf Club (LGC) fit to host the Zone VI golf.
Golf Union of Malawi (GoUM) president James Chimwaza confirmed in an interview from Blantyre that the inspectors were in the country and are satisfied with LGCâ€™s capability to host such a big tournament.
“LGC has been found to be up to the standards and work is progressing well in preparation of the golf course and also the LGC facility itself,” said Chimwaza.