Malawi Presidential Initiative on Sports (PIS) lawn tennis national finals are on this weekend at Lilongwe Golf Club despite some disgruntled players threatening to stop the event.
Some lawn tennis players are planning to stop the finals, citing Lawn Tennis Association of Malawi’s (LTAM) alleged maladministration.
However, LTAM national coach Hackson Methiwa told The Nation on Wednesday that everything is set for the showdown which will see regional champions in the Under-18, Under-16, Under-14 and Under-12 fighting for honours in both boys and girls categories.
“Everything is set and nothing will stop the finals on Saturday and Sunday. We, therefore, urge lawn tennis lovers to come in large numbers to see for themselves the young talents that have been unearthed through this competition,” he said.
At the national finals, Southern Region is expected to have Aggrey Chidothi, Brenda Masinga, Susan Thompson, Rebecca Kadam’manja, Mphatso Banda, Precious Njera, Bertha M’dala, Winnie Soko, Tom Van Ooster, Anderson M’dala, Mwayi Soko, Rama Wyson, Kelvin Kachepa and Kondwani Phiri.
The Eastern Region will be represented by David Gamula, Joseph Sandukira, Patrick Chatseka, Amos Mtengula, Willie Kaunde, Chipangano Sandukira, Wendy Gamula, Chimwemwe Kapite, Gloria Christopher, Georgina Chirwa, Tina Chirwa and Prisca Maloya.
The Centre will have Spencer Banda, Cathy Banda, Eric Anafi, George Kungali, Esther Kanije, Donald Kafunda, Innocent Kalimwayi, Joseph Moyo, Davie Mpinganjira, Esther Nyondo and Grace Mithi as representatives.
Pius Gama, Carlo Ndawambe, Happy Shonga, Shelif Juma, Emelia Mhango, Tionge Gondwe, Samuel Katazuka, Casim M’bwana, Maria Jere, Bridget Kondowe, Ramesh Banda, Sekeleni Makuluni, Zione Nkhoma and Linda Msiska will represent the North.