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Jappie Mhango elected as MOC secretary general

Malawi SportsBLANTYRE(MaraPost)—Jappie Mhango is now the Malawi Olympic Committee’s (MOC) secretary general following his victory during elections held at Sunbird Nkopola lodge in Mangochi.

Mhango defeated the longest serving member in MOC’s executive body Hellen Mpinganjira who got nine votes against Mhango’s 39.

Speaking after the polls, Mpinganjira accepted the results saying it was not a shock.

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Donnas Eggs women’s Cup extended to all regions: Increased to K8m

Malawi Lady SportsDonnas Women’s Football Cup will now be played in all Malawi’s three regions after it was raised to K8 million.
Donnas Eggs Account Division Manager Herbert Mangadzuwa said the company was obliged to give back to women’s football because women have been supporting their products.

“We are very happy that we are now sponsoring the trophy at K8 million as we had promised last time,” Mangadzuwa said.

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The Ministry of Sports has endorsed the fourth season of the airtel rising stars (ARS) as a key program that has facilitated the development of sports in the country.

Speaking during the launch of the 2014 season of ARS in Mchinji on Saturday, Deputy Director of Sports Justice Msopera said airtel has demonstrated as a bonafide government partner through the ARS which aims at unearthing raw youthful soccer talent.
"ARS is in line with the national sports policy which empasizes competitions and athlete development programs as some strategies for developing sports in the country. I would like to applaud Airtel for sponsoring the ARS initiative for the fourth year running now," said Msopera.
He then called on the Malawi Schools Sports Association (MASSA) to handle the 2014 version of ARS in a professional manner.
In his remarks, Airtel Malawi's Acquistion and Research Manager Richmond Chinula said the ARS season four has been launched in a bid to give youth a platform to explore their talent and expose them to life changing opportunities through football.
"We unveiled and launched ARS 3 years ago and this fourth season is here to build on the success that has already been registered by this initiative thus identifying talent, nurturing soccer talent from the grassroots onto a national stage," observed Chinula adding that the current junior Malawi National team comprises ARS products namely Ernest Tambe, Wongani Kuchisanja, Trevor Kalema, Precious Msosa, Mwai Chagaga and Isaac Mwale.
"These boys form part of the Malawi Under 20 national team which recently played against Botswana in a CAF youth championship qualifier.
The launch of the ARS season four in Mchinji was graced by Football Association of Malawi's Technical Director Captain John Kaputa, Executive Secretary for the Malawi National Council of Sports George Jana and officials from MASSA among others.
Musician Annie Matumbi took his time to entertain masses that gathered at Mchinji Community centre ground to witness the launch which also featured a game between the ARS national select team and Mchinji Boma Stars.
Meanwhile, four outstanding players that participated in the 2013 ARS continental finals in Nigeria are destined to leave Malawi for Tanzania for a soccer clinic which will be conducted by officials from Manchester United.


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South Arica’s Team Ford Racing’s Dakar adventure begins!

South Africa's team FordROSARIO, ARGENTINA, 4 January 2014 – Team Ford Racing’s Dakar Rally adventure is finally under way after an estimated 1-million people packed the centre of the Argentine city of Rosario this evening to watch a spectacular and colourful riverside start ceremony. 

Fans lined the roads many deep alongside the Paraná River to cheer the 439 competing vehicles on their way at the start of the gruelling 14-day, 9 300 km trek through Argentina and Chile.
Among them for the first time were the two Ford Ranger cars of Lucio Alvarez / Ronnie Graue and Chris Visser / Japie Badenhorst.

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Silver Strikers beat Wanderers in TNM Super league official opening fixture

Silver StrikersBLANTYRE(MaraPost)—The country’s flagship football league season started on Saturday with the defending champions Silver Strikers collecting three points in the official opening  encounter of the league against Mighty Wanderers .


The game played before sizeable crowd at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre started at a low pace and strikers of both teams lacked composure and killer punches in the entire 45 minutes of the first half.


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