The national golf team will regroup next week in readiness for the Zone VI games to be hosted by Namibia in April, coach Chris Kachiguma confirmed the development on Sunday.
“We are indeed starting a two-month camp next week. I plan to take the players to Blantyre where they will train at Blantyre Sports Club and also Country Club Limbe. This is just to acclimatise them with all sorts of golf courses. We plan to be in Blantyre for two weeks,” said Kachiguma.
He said only 12 players will be in camp.
“The main reason is that we are trying to cut on expenses and the decision has been a collective one with the Golf Union of Malawi (GUoM). We want to concentrate on the 12 and form a final team from there. Money is a big problem, we could not afford having 20 players in camp as was the case last year,” said Kachiguma.
He, however, could, not give the names of the players called into camp, saying that will be done by GUoM soon.
Last year, Malawi finished fourth out of 12 teams when Malawi hosted the event at Lilongwe Golf Club.
Kachiguma sounded optimistic that the team can do well in Namibia.
“The team we had last year had five new players who demonstrated lack of confidence. Now, they have gained experience and we hope for improved play and even position. We have enough time to prepare,” said Kachiguma who is appealing to the corporate world to assist the team with golf materials and funds for camping.