Malawi national darts team could be boosted by Zimbabwe-based Austin Chingangwe, who is among that countryâ€™s top-rated players, but is ineligible to play for their side.
Darts Association of Malawi (DAM) president Isaac Kaneka confirmed on Friday that their Zimbabwe counterparts offered them Chingangwe upon establishing that he holds Malawi citizenship.
“They sent me an e-mail that he is playing well and was number three in national team trials. We will facilitate that we should bring him here for trials with our national team,” Kaneka said on the sidelines of the Malawi Olympic Committee (MOC) dinner and dance at Sunbird Mount Soche in Blantyre.
The 2001 Zone VI champions, Malawi have been struggling to assert their regional dominance, hence, Chingangwe could boost the team. Malawi team is preparing for this yearâ€™s Zone 22nd edition to be held in Oarkkney, South Africa from August 28 to September 2.
“Our national team trials seek to identify eight players from each of the three regions to identify a final squad of 10,” Kaneka said in company of tournament director Charles Katola.
Chingangwe has since been dropped from the 17-member squad in which the National Darts Association of Zimbabwe (NDAZ) has selected 17 players for the Zone VI.
Notable players in the Zimbabwe squad are Peter Malukula, Patrick Zimudzi, David Nyemba, Simbarashe Mavhima, Moses Ndlovu, Justin Thomas and Timothy Chibwe, according to Zimbabweâ€™s NewsDay.