Isaac Nyirongo on Sunday survived a scare from Vitumbiko Mhone as he won the K100 000 (about $250) Mzuzu City Individual and Team drafts competition by a point.
Nyirongo lost once to secure 43 points, one point ahead of Mhone who claimed three draws in a competition that attracted 30 contestants and six teams from within the city.
The tournament was sponsored by businessperson Leonard Njikho who owns Uncle Jose Stationery in Mzuzu.
“I cannot believe this. It was so tough and I thank God for this title,” said Nyirongo as he received a round of applause from his counterparts.
His effort earned him K2 500 (about $6) while Mhone pocketed K2 000 (about $5).
Mzuzu City Club came first among teams, having chalked 185 points and 134 scores. They received K13 000 (about $32). Mzuni was second with 146 points and 103 scores while Ching’ambo was third with 143 points and a score of 99.
Dave Gerald Botha said Njikho felt duty-bound to assist after he was approached to revive the sport. He pledged continued sponsorship.
Mzuzu City Drafts Committee acting chairperson John Ngwenyama thanked Njikho for the gesture, saying the sport saved them from being involved in dangerous behaviours and it enhanced talent.
Ngwenyama appealed to the beneficiaries to buy stationery and other brands from Njikho to guard the sponsorship.