Sport competition 2018 succesfull

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.

And the winners are …

The grand finals of this year’s sport competitions of Eva Demaya were held on October 29.
This year a total of 158 teams took part. The competition is very popular, with the netball tournament in particular enjoying a huge increase in popularity, the number of participating teams reaching an all-time high with 63 teams this year compared to 50 last year.
The teams are drawn from the whole catchment area of the Centre, which for the competition is divided in 4 zones, namely Hewe, Mwazisi, Luviri and Bolero. The teams in each zone play their own mini-league for both netball and football. Each league culminates in a zone final, with the zone winners then going on to contest the grand final.

The sport competition has grown so much over the years that it now takes serious organization and management to ensure its smooth operation.
Each zone has its own organizing committee and overall coordination is under the supervision of the Eva Demaya Centre. All participating teams pay a small contribution towards organizing costs. The remaining costs are provided by the Centre with the support of its sponsors.

This year again, the organisers, players, trainers and coaches together contributed to the excellent progress of the games. Trainers and coaches help their teams to improve their performance. Players put aside potential disagreements or solve them in a sporting way.
Great enthusiasm and fun was shown during the games. The matches and in particular the finals always attract a large number of spectators who are very involved in the games and the players and contribute greatly to the festivities with singing and dancing.

This year’s winners of respectively football and netball competitions are:
Hewe: Manchester Football Club and Katowo Rangers Sisters
Mwazisi: Chitanga Football Club and Galang’anda Sisters
Luviri: Fyolonga Football Club and Nkhozo Sisters
Bolero: Mwachilinda Football Club and JB Sisters

Sports competition 2017: finals coming up

The yearly sports competition in the northern region of Malawi has evolved into a tradition and is looked forward to by many people. Sport is welcomed as a diversion for all people in the villages, for the younger ones to participate in a team and for others to watch the matches and support the players.
Men play in the football competition and the women have a competition in netball. This year’s event is larger than ever: 98 teams have enrolled for football and 67 teams are playing netball. The teams all pay a small fee to contribute to the organizational costs.

The completion is spread over the whole district of Rumphi West. The district is divided into 4 zones , in which the teams of each zone play each other. Each zone winner qualifies for the finals, which are a great event each year.

Organizing the competition takes a lot of effort and communication. Each zone has its own committee that is responsible for the teams in their zone. The chairmen of the four commissions together form the main committee, which has its own overall chairman, Ackim Ndove. The main committee works closely with the management team of the Eva Demaya Centre, in order to coordinate and supervise all matches. The photo’s show a meeting of one of the zone commissions and a budget meeting with the main committee at the Centre. Also a part of a playing scheme from one of the zones is shown.
Besides all organizational preparations it is of course of great importance to come up with a good team and to train hard as a team. The teams are selected anew each season, and it is evident that everyone wants to have the best players from the community in the team in order to keep the honours of the village high. The photos show training activities and on one of them the teams are seen getting instructions from the referee just before the match.
Most participating teams find support in their own community to buy materials like shirts, shoes and balls. Some teams are lucky to have a specific sponsor, like the Eva Demaya football and netball teams, which receive funding from the Centre. As sports grow in popularity, it is easier for the teams to find support, inclusing financial sponsoring.
The competition is in progress now, with matches each weekend. Slowly the winner of each zone will reveal itself. So everybody is looking forward to the finals!