The Squash Association of Malawi (SAM) will not send athletes to Windhoek, Namibia for the African Championship tournament, Nation Online has learnt.
SAM, through its president Jimmy Kawaye, confirmed Malawi’s failure to be represented at the event.
“We could not raise money for transport and accommodation for our players; hence, the failure to be represented at the event. Although this is saddening, all is not lost yet, because there are several international competitions this year where we will definitely participate,” said Kawaye.
James Matewere and Aubrey Taulo were chosen to represent the country at the African Squash Championship later this month.
The two were automatic choices after they dominated the national squash championship last week at Sunbird Capital.
“Of course, it is disappointing to the players because the tournament could have given them exposure to improve their game by competing against the best in Africa, but we cannot do anything about it. Most companies are operating under austerity measures. It has been difficult lobbying for funding,” said Kawaye.
Last year, Matewere hitchhiked 2 800 kilometres to take part in the Namibian Squash Open which had 64 players from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and the hosts.
“I found out about the tournament on the Internet and just knew I had to go. Finances are a problem, so I decided to hitchhike,” Matewere is quoted in The Namibian as saying.