The line was even higher in this year’s sport competition in Norther Malawai.
Hundreds of players – male and female – competed to end up as winner. The competition is quite a phenomenon, the matches usually are like a party for the village people.
For many years now the sport competition is organized under the supervision of the Eva Demaya Centre. The actual organization is in the hands of a chosen committee, the members of the committee are all volunteers.
The competition is played in the ‘quiet season’ for the Northern Malawians who mostly live from agriculture and farming.
Teams from the catchment area of Eva Demaya can enroll, the area is divided in 4 zones. Each zone has an independent competition.
The best teams in each zone play in the finals. Those matches are very exciting and many supporters come around to see the match and celebrate with the winning teams.
This year a total of 123 teams where admitted in the competition, of which 86 football and 37 netball teams. All teams were eager to win and played with technical skills and enthusiastically. The coaching by the trainers adds a lot to the success of each team. And last but not least the supporters and public contribute a lot to the lively days of the matches.
The competition was lively, exciting and successful, and organizers, players and supporters already look forward to next year’s competition.
As for the statistics, the winning teams for each zone are:
– Hewe lies at 40 km distance to the west of the Centre. There were 20 football teams and 8 netball teams. The winners of foot ball were Katowo Rangers and Katowo also won the netball competition with Katowo Sisters Youth.
– Mwazisi is at 25 km south west of the Centre. The local competition counted for 21 football teams and 8 netball teams. The winners were GAM Football Club and GAM Netball team.
– Luviri is the central zone in which the Centre is located.There were 18 football teams and 8 netball teams in this competition. The winners were Bembe Football Club and CDC Nkhozo won with netball.
– Finally, the largest competition was in Bolero, at about 20 km east from the Centre. Here competed in total 27 football teams and 13 netball teams. The winners were Kawaza Football Club and JB Sisters netball team.