Three Under-19 squash players left the country on Wednesday for a week-long All Africa Junior Squash Championships starting tomorrow in Harare, Zimbabwe.
The players Allan Chikanonga, Kennedy Milanzi and Mercy Chibaka are accompanied by Squash Malawi trainer Julius Taulo.
This is the second time Malawi has sent junior squash athletes to an international event. Last year, Chiyembekezo Matewere and Wellington Milanzi took part in a similar competition in South Africa. They tumbled in the first round.
During their last training at Blantyre Sports Club on Tuesday, Taulo and assistant coach Humphreys Kayesa said the three athletes are ready to make history in Zimbabwe.
“We had a two-week camp in Zomba where we noticed tremendous improvements in the squad. The main problem they had was to cope with pressure during the game, but now they are able to adapt,” said Taulo who represented Malawi at various international squash events.
According to Squash Malawi vice-president Zangaphee Chimombo, the trip will help the country to test its strength on the international map.
“After a successful talent identification programme during the Presidential events, we need to frequently participate in international events to see if we are really improving,” said Chimombo.