The Hockey Association of Malawi (HAM) has adopted the July-June calendar followed by government’s sports overseer, Malawi National Council of Sports.
HAM assented to the constitutional amendment at their 76th annual general meeting (AGM) at Sunbird Mount Soche in Blantyre on Sunday.
HAM executive members and club representatives unanimously agreed to synchronise their financial year with that of the council so as to let their activities run smoothly.
“The latest financial calendar will be effective July this year. We realised that it was not on to roll out our activities before the council, which furnishes us with our annual subventions,” said HAM vice-president Dean Pinto.
The merging of Youth Forum and the Development Committee and the confirmation of the introduction of a National Hockey League (NHL) were some of the alterations made to the HAM constitution on that day.
But approval of HAM’s audited accounts was deferred to a later date so as to give auditors ample time to simplify the report.
“Our auditors provided us with the audited accounts report, but such information has to be put in much simpler terms so as to be understood by all our members for the sake of accountability. As such, the report will be ready in three to six months’ time,” said Pinto.
Sports Council executive secretary George Jana was the guest of honour at the AGM. The meeting ended with presentation of awards to individuals and teams that offered outstanding services to the development of the sport in the country.
Rosena Kazembe, James Bandawe, Chigo Thindwa, Daniel Matavata and Benjamin Chaura received the order of merit, diploma of merit, best administrator, best umpire and the president’s awards respectively.
The super fairplay accolade went to Nyala Hockey Club (HC). Braves HC and Genetrix HC got the Zain Mojoo and the Ian Thomson awards respectively for being the disciplined and most active teams.