I have always wondered why there is no wrestling sport in the country when we have potential world-class wrestlers in the mould of John Cena in abundance.
Well, I was privileged to be at Comesa Hall in Blantyre recently for the TNM Super League Awards ceremony and the way some ‘invited guests’ hustled and tussled for snacks—‘pouncing’ on them like hungry vultures—left me dumbfounded.
Flames coach Ernest Mtawali was one of the guests and decided to act gentle, he probably thought he was in Johannesburg and all he found at the serving table were used toothpicks, there were not even leftovers. Sports Council executive secretary George Jana was one of the high-profile figures at the event and he will probably consider my humble suggestion to introduce wrestling.
Apart from that, the other area that baffled me was how some awardees were identified in some categories and I have in mind one of the up-and-coming sports presenters, Lusayo Kanyika of Times Group—who was named the best cameraman.
The fella is a presenter and not a cameraman, but probably because everytime he goes to a function, he carries ‘chimfuti’ (a bag containing TV camera and stand), Sulom felt it wise to honour him for that and I laughed over it with little Lusayo after the function.
Otherwise, it was a good event and the sweetness in the tones of Sports and Culture Minister Grace Chiumia‘s voice as she delivered her speech caught my attention, especially when she got a bit carried away and said: “I do not ‘hesitate’ that [someday] Malawi will host the World Cup.” She probably meant to say “I do not doubt” and then “Thank you very much for everybody…”Anyway it could have been a slip of the tongue. That said, it was great to have players, coaches, officials and journalists having a good time together. Glory be to God. Uloliwe…uloliwe wayidudula hah!, neng’esiza [The train is pushing]. n