Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa) has affiliated to Confederation of Schools Sports Associations of Southern Africa (Cossasa).
Massa general secretary Blackson Malamula said Massa is now a Cossasa full member after getting Malawi National Council of Sports’ approval.
He said: “The association will be able to participate and host Cossasa Games. Athletes will gain exposure through participation in such tournaments and networking, among other benefits.
“On May 2, our athletes will travel to Harare, Zimbabwe to take part in this year’s Cossasa Athletics Championship. The competition will run from May 4 to 7.”
Massa has assembled a team under coach Isaac Phiri.
“Currently, the team is training in their respective schools, but they will camp from Saturday in Lilongwe and depart on May 2,” he said.
Massa is expected to pay a participation fee of 300 rands per athlete and membership fee of 65 000 rands, according to an invitation from Cossasa president Johnson Madhuku.
Reads the invitation: “You will recall that our games are usually over two days—Friday and Saturday. At our last executive meeting in Botswana, the requests of member countries was accepted to have it over three days with heats and finals for all sprint events.
“It would, therefore, mean an ideal arrival date is Wednesday on which day there will be registration and accreditation of the teams. Departure will be Sunday, May 7.” n