The Malawi national junior golf team captain Chris Mzokomera says he is confident that they will do well at the Under-19 All Africa Junior Golf Championship at Royal Harare Golf Club in Zimbabwe.
Mzokomera was speaking in Blantyre before departure for Harare for a four-day tournament which tees off tomorrow through Friday.
Twelve countries are expected to take part in the junior golf showpiece which will see the top two teams earning automatic qualification to the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup to be staged in Japan.
“I am confident of a top-two finish. We have had intensive training for the past three weeks or so and we are all raring to go,” said three-handicapped Mzokomera.
He also thanked Golf Union of Malawi (GUoM) and Alliance Capital for their efforts to ensure that they take part in the continental event.
The other team members are zero-handicapped Aadil Parker, Ganizani Lusho-Tembo and Rashid Salimu (both 5-handicap).
The tournament will be played on strokeplay format.
Nineteen-time champions South Africa are the tournament favourites, but Mzokomera insisted that it will not be a stroll in the park for them. The other participating countries are Morocco, Namibia, Kenya, Tunisia, Reunion Islands, Mauritius, Zambia, Botswana and Uganda.
Malawi coach Dingaan Chirwa also expressed optimism that his charges will deliver.
“We have made significant strides in recent years and our second-place finish in the Tri-Nations Championship that we hosted in November last year, is testimony to that.
“The boys are eager and hungry to do well, qualification for the world tournament is another motivation,” he said.
The team is being led by GUoM vice-president Hudson Kantwanje who is doubling as team manager.