Young, Jack better impress new employers
Assuming, for once, FAM means what it says—that Flames coaches will be sacked if Malawi will not win the Cosafa Cup—I am afraid to say that Young Chimodzi and Jack Chamangwana will be wise to use their presence at the tournament to impress new employers. The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) is right that the coaches will have no excuse for not winning the tournament because they had at their disposal what they needed to equip the Flames with to snatch the cup from Zambia. But, should the painful truth be told, it is wishful thinking that Malawi can win the cup. Surely, not at this tournament. Not because they have not prepared well, but their standard of play is not up to the mark of the likes of title defenders Zambia, South Africa and guests Ghana. Yes, it would be nice to be Cosafa champions, but let us face it, we will just be inviting unnecessary depression by imagining that the Flames are mature enough to bring us any football glory. Pepani! I am just being realistic. If they win, please don’t chase me from the party.
Harmonise the world netball calendar
It is unfortunate that after resolving its differences with Mwawi Kumwenda, NAM is faced with yet another barrier—her club’s commitments—which will make her unavailable for two of Queens’ major engagements this year. It kills the pride of having a professional netballer. To avoid this, organisers of the African netball tournaments ought to harmonise their calendar with their counterparts elsewhere in the world to avoid countries missing their gems during important tournaments as is the case with Mwawi this time around.