Hike with Heart: The Beginning of a journey

Hike with Heart

 

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Photo: The very first hike with heart activity, Colby, Rosemary, Tionge, Lazarus, chikwawa

 

I will begin our kulinji.com journey with my favorite Mark Twain quote “a good life is built around good relationships”. The renowned writer, Mark Twain, did not drop this line out of the blues; There must have been a catalyst to this thought. It is mostly through tragedies that we have introspection with our lives to gain insights or lessons that form philosophies of our lives which help us to progress to the next level. At this point I am assuming this premise, was the origin of the authors quote. If introspection is important for human advancement, this makes me wonder and revisit the tragedies of relationships I have within myself, environment and the world around me to see what areas needs growth and have grown.

In tragic relationship with the self, I am going to make myself vulnerable on this space and share my story. No one can explain my story better than I can and neither can I talk about your story. Through vulnerability, we share parts of ourselves, which are sacred;parts that we would normally not feel comfortable with people knowing about.  Vulnerability is also one element, which is an essential element for interpersonal communication skill. In this case, I am trying to build a relation with you, my dear reader. I hope we will be able to have  comment section to have and interact about Hiking or fun edifying stuff in general.

That being said, allow me to digress , so I can tell you about my complex relationship with food.

Eating two mtandas (parts) of nsima is a struggle for me and mostly I like eating in small handful portions. Most of the time I would resort to eating snacks and candy diet all day long. I used to be worse in college; my then girlfriend and friends (shout out to Florence, Hope and Melody) would lock me in my room and they would only open for me to come out if I finished eating my meals. I had a paradigm shift when my premolar tooth got bad and had to be pulled. The dentist did a very bad job and I got an infection. It was very bad, if you have ever had a dental pain you know what I am talking about. I got this infection as a result of my poor eating habits and this bad relationship with myself and candy diet had to end. Since that time, I have significantly cut the amount of candy I consumed and I have gained weight from 45kg to 60kg. I am still a work in progress and  the struggle with my eating habits, although much improved, continues However, when I look back from where I am coming from, I would say this relationship has improved. What about you? What bad relationships do you have with yourself? 

Another relationship we are going to examine is the relationship with the environment. There is a record high deforestation and fire blaze in the amazon forest. Right now as we read this article, the Amazon forest is burning a rate of at least two soccer fields per minute. Despite several attempts,controlling and putting out the fire seems to be a challenge. 

The most disheartening part of this tale is that it is a result of intentional acts as the land is being used for commercial agriculture. It is possibly the  biggest story in decades. I will not  go too deep into specifics,all one has to do is google it and the information just pours in. All in all, The amazon accounts for 20% of the oxygen supply for the planet earth. Imagine the impacts these fires and deforestation  are going to have on the planet. The imbalance in the ecological systems due to this reduction in oxygen supply. We have to bear in mind there are other factors such as industrialization, poor human practices and many more, which are also affecting this ecological imbalance. This accelerates the rate at which we are destroying this planet.

While looking at this issue at a global level, the issue persists closer to home. In Malawi we are not short of this, there is also a rapid deforestation at the Chikangawa forest, once the largest man-made forest in Africa in the 1950s is slowly becoming a bare desert. Climate change is a result of our toxic relationship with the environment. There is a record number of hurricanes around the world

The last tragedy we are going to examine is the relationship with the communities we surrounded. We all belong to small facets of communities that form families, neighborhoods, towns, cities, nations and the world at large. All these facets d interact in their natural environments and form a society. Certainly, families are huge pillars for the transformation of society and a nation at large. The modern day family in Malawi is under attack from forces of loss of family values, untrustworthiness and many more factors. There is a rise of divorces rates in the courts from an average 40 a month in 2014 to an average of 72 a month in 2017. Reniers (2003) shows that in Malawi lifetime divorce probabilities of an individual are between 40% and 65%. Looking at this data closely, over the years, you will notice corruption rate in both private and public sector has a correlation growth to decay in family morals in Malawi.

Corruption in Malawi is rampant  Perception Index is the highest for Malawi than any other sub-Saharan country and the figure rose dropped 112 in 2015 to 122 in 2017. At this point, I hope you have gone into self-reflection mode and honestly examined how you have contributed to these negative statistics, whether it was in the form of something as subtle as using your “connections” to get away with something or through the blatant act of greasing a few palms to get things done a certain way under the guise of innocent incentives, no matter how you sugar coat these actions and try to call them by any other name the bottom line is that they fall within the definition of corrupt practices. Corruption in a society has its pains, which are sadly visible to the public eye.

Every society has its own unique shortcomings such as poor in fractures, sub-standard health care and slow economic growth to name a few.  There are certain crises that affect societies at a global level and tend to have a domino effect…the general rise in HIV/AIDS cases, disparities between the rich and poor, lack of business opportunities, the list is just endless but you get the idea.

At the core of a good life, is a good relationship with environment, community and ourselves. You are probably wondering the correlation between Hike-with-Heart and decay of the relationship? At this point, I think we can all agree that Hike-with-Heart is a platform for individuals who are hiking mountains for many different reasons. These mountains are metaphors of our broken relationship with ourselves, environment and community we live. We hike mountains for fun and fitness, which can be summarized as a pursuit of happiness and a form of self-actualization. We do not hike these for mountains not only for our selfish gains but also to seek to pursue charity with the environment and communities we belong.

At the very heart of the members is a firm concrete belief that no one is left behind. We do have the profound sense in our hearts that we are human only through the humanity of others; that if we accomplish anything in this world, it will be in equal measure  due to the work and achievement of others. Through this spirit, we have initiatives such as The Quarterly blood drive, Hike for the braille school library, Hike for girl-child sanitation hygiene and hike for orphans and underprivileged kids. We have grand projects for the environment to replant trees in Soche Hill. This dear reader is the heart in the hikes and we find this spirit in the mountains we climb. Every mountain has its own unique challenges, its own stories to tell and no mountain is ever high enough if you have the heart to pursue it despite the tragedies in your life.Hike with Heart helps me face my mountains to create a better environment for a good life for me and you.

What mountains do you have in your life?

 

Trust Joe Gome Mtegha

Malawi to host Confederation of African Volleyball Zone VI Senior Club championship in December

MALAWI VOLLEYBALL

 

"Dear colleagues and friends, the Zone 6 Exco in coordination with Malawi Volleyball Federation (VAM) agreed that the 2019 Zone 6 Club Championship will be held in Lilongwe, Malawi in following dates:

14 Dec - Arrival, preliminary and technical meeting
15 - 18 Dec - Pool matches
19 Dec - Rest day for teams and Zone AGM
20 Dec - Quarter finals
21 Dec - Semi finals
22 Dec - Finals
23 Dec - Departure"

From Khalid Cassam, Zone VI General Secretary as posted on Zone 6 Volleyball Family Whatsapp Group.

The Venue is expected to be African Bible College (ABC) in Area 47, Sector 1.

THIRD WOMEN INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT SECURES ABOUT TWO MILLION KWACHA

Malawi Women Volleyball: Gemz (blue and yellow uniform) vs Blue Eagles in first invitational tournament clash.

 

Malawi Women Volleyball Committee which was elected on Saturday, 29th July, 2017 through their WhatsApp group which its members are women volleyballers across Malawi called Ma-women volleyball has secured sponsorship to the tune of one million and nine hundred thousand Malawi Kwacha (MK1,900,000.00). However, the sponsors name has been advised that remain anonymous.


This is the third invitational tournament the women in Malawi are organizing that involves teams from all the regions in Malawi. The tournament has been attracting ten teams, three from two regions and four from the host region. The first two tournaments that took place in 2017, all took place in southern region Blantyre. The third one will take place in the Capital City, Lilongwe at Bingu National Stadium volleyball courts from Saturday 21st to Sunday, 22nd September, 2019. The series of these tournaments have been christened Malawi Women Volleyball Championship (MWVC).

Moyale Barracks queens are the Defending Champions and Blue Eagle ladies (Now Eagles Ladies) are the champions of the maiden champions of the games.

The Malawi women volleyball grouping, is claimed to have started in 2015 and so far, have organized the Championship two times and this one being third. The first two were organized in 2017. In 2018, nothing was heard from them and many had speculated that was it was on its way to the grave. The speculations were wrong.

The Chairperson of the Malawi Women Volleyball Committee, Wezzie Mwafulirwa is excited and said that this is part of their mission to promote women volleyball in Malawi. She also thanked the sponsors for coming in to help.

"We are ready to take Malawian women volleyball to yet another height. We are on a mission and geared to put women volleyball on the map. Lilongwe, get ready for women volleyball spark.”, Boasted Mwafulirwa.

"We thank the sponsor and is our hope that this relationship will last", Mwafulirwa said.

The Malawi Women Volleyball Committee comprises of Chairperson: Wezzie Mwafulirwa (Blantyre); Vice Chairperson: Fannie Kanyenda (Lilongwe); Secretary: Christina Mwabutwa (Lilongwe); Vice Secretary: Emily 'Jah Lady' Hara; Treasurer: Blessings Mtuwa who is also SRVL Treasurer (Blantyre); Publicity Secretary: Shupikai Nyirenda (Lilongwe); Zione Karen Janet Phiri (Lilongwe) and Catherine Nchesi (Mzuzu) as members.

The excited Moyale Barracks Queens coach, Aaron Hoha Ranger Phiri said they are ready to defend the Championship, but leaves everything in the hands of God.

"Every game is a different game. We preparing to defend it, but God has his own ways. So we leaving everything in his hands. We as Moyale, put God first”, Phiri said.

He also added that the sponsorship if possible, be increased as teams do not benefit much, financially especially this time that we are also preparing for Zone VI Championship and that there must be a lot of such tournaments. He also assured their supporters that they will not disappoint.

“We could love to see the money be considered from all the major stakeholders. The prize money does not make economical sense to teams, but we do appreciate the efforts. We need these tournaments frequently if we are to realize something from our women volleyball. The blackout last year was worrisome,” he contemplated.

“We also ask our supporters to never leave us alone. They are our force to reckon with. We are assuring them that we are doing our best and we will not disappoint.” He added.

This is the first and biggest tournament to be organized on the local scene this year in terms of number of participating teams and sponsorship.

 

First appeared on www.volleyballmalawi.com

Trust Joe Gome…

Fri, 09/08/2019 - 16:03

The participants pose with the instructor and officials from VAM and Malawi National Sports Council

It is reported that Malawi has about thirteen certified National Referees; no Candindate International Referee and no International Referee since she was affiliated to Federation International of Volleyball (FIVB) FIVB Volleyball World in 1984. Unfortunately, as of to date, only few among them are active in terms of officiating the game.

The course has started today, Thursday 8th to Sunday, 11th August, 2019 at Falls Baptist Theological Seminary in Lilongwe. The instructor for the course is an FIVB certified, Waleed Abdelsamad from Egypt.

Volleyball Association of Malawi (VAM) General Secretary, Jairos Nkhoma has said the course will add value to the game of Volleyball in Malawi technically.

"The Confederation Of African Volleyball (CAVB) National Volleyball Refereeing course will add value to our sport technically. We have seen situations where teams, coaches and referees arguing on the rules of the game. But also less active referees has been a challenge. Therefore, the coming of this course will really help us to cover those gaps. In addition, our referees will be recognized internationally and progress to high level refereeing.We are very optimistic that the participants will learn more from the course and be able to transfer the knowledge to other people from their respective regions", Nkhoma said.

The instructor Abdelsamad, concured with Nkhoma.

"I feel it will be an important course. Forty nine participants means that a lot of people feel the importance of refereeing and for sure will help to improve the game, He concured.

The course is being funded by the Government through Malawi National Council Of Sports.

This development has excited one of the participant and thanked the organisers, Florence Nana Nyangulu.

"As a participant who is also a volleyball player I expect to learn a lot about volleyball rules. The course is very important to me as a player and also as a maiden referee. Thanks to the organisers", She revealed.

Out of the forty nine participants, there are three already trained national referees (one certified and two do have ther certificate) so that they share their experiences and be refreshed with some new rules, five national coaches so that they also have a knowledge on contemporary rules of the game since they help develop grassroots and coach National teams.

 

First appeared on www.volleyballmalawi.com 

 

THIRD WOMEN INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT SECURES ABOUT TWO MILLION KWACHA

Malawi Women Volleyball: Gemz (blue and yellow uniform) vs Blue Eagles in first invitational tournament clash.

 

Malawi Women Volleyball Committee which was elected on Saturday, 29th July, 2017 through their WhatsApp group which its members are women volleyballers across Malawi called Ma-women volleyball has secured sponsorship to the tune of one million and nine hundred thousand Malawi Kwacha (MK1,900,000.00). However, the sponsors name has been advised that remain anonymous.


This is the third invitational tournament the women in Malawi are organizing that involves teams from all the regions in Malawi. The tournament has been attracting ten teams, three from two regions and four from the host region. The first two tournaments that took place in 2017, all took place in southern region Blantyre. The third one will take place in the Capital City, Lilongwe at Bingu National Stadium volleyball courts from Saturday 21st to Sunday, 22nd September, 2019. The series of these tournaments have been christened Malawi Women Volleyball Championship (MWVC).

Moyale Barracks queens are the Defending Champions and Blue Eagle ladies (Now Eagles Ladies) are the champions of the maiden champions of the games.

The Malawi women volleyball grouping, is claimed to have started in 2015 and so far, have organized the Championship two times and this one being third. The first two were organized in 2017. In 2018, nothing was heard from them and many had speculated that was it was on its way to the grave. The speculations were wrong.

The Chairperson of the Malawi Women Volleyball Committee, Wezzie Mwafulirwa is excited and said that this is part of their mission to promote women volleyball in Malawi. She also thanked the sponsors for coming in to help.

"We are ready to take Malawian women volleyball to yet another height. We are on a mission and geared to put women volleyball on the map. Lilongwe, get ready for women volleyball spark.”, Boasted Mwafulirwa.

"We thank the sponsor and is our hope that this relationship will last", Mwafulirwa said.

The Malawi Women Volleyball Committee comprises of Chairperson: Wezzie Mwafulirwa (Blantyre); Vice Chairperson: Fannie Kanyenda (Lilongwe); Secretary: Christina Mwabutwa (Lilongwe); Vice Secretary: Emily 'Jah Lady' Hara; Treasurer: Blessings Mtuwa who is also SRVL Treasurer (Blantyre); Publicity Secretary: Shupikai Nyirenda (Lilongwe); Zione Karen Janet Phiri (Lilongwe) and Catherine Nchesi (Mzuzu) as members.

The excited Moyale Barracks Queens coach, Aaron Hoha Ranger Phiri said they are ready to defend the Championship, but leaves everything in the hands of God.

"Every game is a different game. We preparing to defend it, but God has his own ways. So we leaving everything in his hands. We as Moyale, put God first”, Phiri said.

He also added that the sponsorship if possible, be increased as teams do not benefit much, financially especially this time that we are also preparing for Zone VI Championship and that there must be a lot of such tournaments. He also assured their supporters that they will not disappoint.

“We could love to see the money be considered from all the major stakeholders. The prize money does not make economical sense to teams, but we do appreciate the efforts. We need these tournaments frequently if we are to realize something from our women volleyball. The blackout last year was worrisome,” he contemplated.

“We also ask our supporters to never leave us alone. They are our force to reckon with. We are assuring them that we are doing our best and we will not disappoint.” He added.

This is the first and biggest tournament to be organized on the local scene this year in terms of number of participating teams and sponsorship.

 

First appeared on www.volleyballmalawi.com

Trust Joe Gome…

Fri, 09/08/2019 - 16:03

The participants pose with the instructor and officials from VAM and Malawi National Sports Council

It is reported that Malawi has about thirteen certified National Referees; no Candindate International Referee and no International Referee since she was affiliated to Federation International of Volleyball (FIVB) FIVB Volleyball World in 1984. Unfortunately, as of to date, only few among them are active in terms of officiating the game.

The course has started today, Thursday 8th to Sunday, 11th August, 2019 at Falls Baptist Theological Seminary in Lilongwe. The instructor for the course is an FIVB certified, Waleed Abdelsamad from Egypt.

Volleyball Association of Malawi (VAM) General Secretary, Jairos Nkhoma has said the course will add value to the game of Volleyball in Malawi technically.

"The Confederation Of African Volleyball (CAVB) National Volleyball Refereeing course will add value to our sport technically. We have seen situations where teams, coaches and referees arguing on the rules of the game. But also less active referees has been a challenge. Therefore, the coming of this course will really help us to cover those gaps. In addition, our referees will be recognized internationally and progress to high level refereeing.We are very optimistic that the participants will learn more from the course and be able to transfer the knowledge to other people from their respective regions", Nkhoma said.

The instructor Abdelsamad, concured with Nkhoma.

"I feel it will be an important course. Forty nine participants means that a lot of people feel the importance of refereeing and for sure will help to improve the game, He concured.

The course is being funded by the Government through Malawi National Council Of Sports.

This development has excited one of the participant and thanked the organisers, Florence Nana Nyangulu.

"As a participant who is also a volleyball player I expect to learn a lot about volleyball rules. The course is very important to me as a player and also as a maiden referee. Thanks to the organisers", She revealed.

Out of the forty nine participants, there are three already trained national referees (one certified and two do have ther certificate) so that they share their experiences and be refreshed with some new rules, five national coaches so that they also have a knowledge on contemporary rules of the game since they help develop grassroots and coach National teams.

 

First appeared on www.volleyballmalawi.com 

 

THIRD WOMEN INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT SECURES ABOUT TWO MILLION KWACHA

Malawi Women Volleyball: Gemz (blue and yellow uniform) vs Blue Eagles in first invitational tournament clash.

 

Malawi Women Volleyball Committee which was elected on Saturday, 29th July, 2017 through their WhatsApp group which its members are women volleyballers across Malawi called Ma-women volleyball has secured sponsorship to the tune of one million and nine hundred thousand Malawi Kwacha (MK1,900,000.00). However, the sponsors name has been advised that remain anonymous.


This is the third invitational tournament the women in Malawi are organizing that involves teams from all the regions in Malawi. The tournament has been attracting ten teams, three from two regions and four from the host region. The first two tournaments that took place in 2017, all took place in southern region Blantyre. The third one will take place in the Capital City, Lilongwe at Bingu National Stadium volleyball courts from Saturday 21st to Sunday, 22nd September, 2019. The series of these tournaments have been christened Malawi Women Volleyball Championship (MWVC).

Moyale Barracks queens are the Defending Champions and Blue Eagle ladies (Now Eagles Ladies) are the champions of the maiden champions of the games.

The Malawi women volleyball grouping, is claimed to have started in 2015 and so far, have organized the Championship two times and this one being third. The first two were organized in 2017. In 2018, nothing was heard from them and many had speculated that was it was on its way to the grave. The speculations were wrong.

The Chairperson of the Malawi Women Volleyball Committee, Wezzie Mwafulirwa is excited and said that this is part of their mission to promote women volleyball in Malawi. She also thanked the sponsors for coming in to help.

"We are ready to take Malawian women volleyball to yet another height. We are on a mission and geared to put women volleyball on the map. Lilongwe, get ready for women volleyball spark.”, Boasted Mwafulirwa.

"We thank the sponsor and is our hope that this relationship will last", Mwafulirwa said.

The Malawi Women Volleyball Committee comprises of Chairperson: Wezzie Mwafulirwa (Blantyre); Vice Chairperson: Fannie Kanyenda (Lilongwe); Secretary: Christina Mwabutwa (Lilongwe); Vice Secretary: Emily 'Jah Lady' Hara; Treasurer: Blessings Mtuwa who is also SRVL Treasurer (Blantyre); Publicity Secretary: Shupikai Nyirenda (Lilongwe); Zione Karen Janet Phiri (Lilongwe) and Catherine Nchesi (Mzuzu) as members.

The excited Moyale Barracks Queens coach, Aaron Hoha Ranger Phiri said they are ready to defend the Championship, but leaves everything in the hands of God.

"Every game is a different game. We preparing to defend it, but God has his own ways. So we leaving everything in his hands. We as Moyale, put God first”, Phiri said.

He also added that the sponsorship if possible, be increased as teams do not benefit much, financially especially this time that we are also preparing for Zone VI Championship and that there must be a lot of such tournaments. He also assured their supporters that they will not disappoint.

“We could love to see the money be considered from all the major stakeholders. The prize money does not make economical sense to teams, but we do appreciate the efforts. We need these tournaments frequently if we are to realize something from our women volleyball. The blackout last year was worrisome,” he contemplated.

“We also ask our supporters to never leave us alone. They are our force to reckon with. We are assuring them that we are doing our best and we will not disappoint.” He added.

This is the first and biggest tournament to be organized on the local scene this year in terms of number of participating teams and sponsorship.

 

First appeared on www.volleyballmalawi.com

Trust Joe Gome…

Fri, 09/08/2019 - 16:03

The participants pose with the instructor and officials from VAM and Malawi National Sports Council

It is reported that Malawi has about thirteen certified National Referees; no Candindate International Referee and no International Referee since she was affiliated to Federation International of Volleyball (FIVB) FIVB Volleyball World in 1984. Unfortunately, as of to date, only few among them are active in terms of officiating the game.

The course has started today, Thursday 8th to Sunday, 11th August, 2019 at Falls Baptist Theological Seminary in Lilongwe. The instructor for the course is an FIVB certified, Waleed Abdelsamad from Egypt.

Volleyball Association of Malawi (VAM) General Secretary, Jairos Nkhoma has said the course will add value to the game of Volleyball in Malawi technically.

"The Confederation Of African Volleyball (CAVB) National Volleyball Refereeing course will add value to our sport technically. We have seen situations where teams, coaches and referees arguing on the rules of the game. But also less active referees has been a challenge. Therefore, the coming of this course will really help us to cover those gaps. In addition, our referees will be recognized internationally and progress to high level refereeing.We are very optimistic that the participants will learn more from the course and be able to transfer the knowledge to other people from their respective regions", Nkhoma said.

The instructor Abdelsamad, concured with Nkhoma.

"I feel it will be an important course. Forty nine participants means that a lot of people feel the importance of refereeing and for sure will help to improve the game, He concured.

The course is being funded by the Government through Malawi National Council Of Sports.

This development has excited one of the participant and thanked the organisers, Florence Nana Nyangulu.

"As a participant who is also a volleyball player I expect to learn a lot about volleyball rules. The course is very important to me as a player and also as a maiden referee. Thanks to the organisers", She revealed.

Out of the forty nine participants, there are three already trained national referees (one certified and two do have ther certificate) so that they share their experiences and be refreshed with some new rules, five national coaches so that they also have a knowledge on contemporary rules of the game since they help develop grassroots and coach National teams.

 

First appeared on www.volleyballmalawi.com 

 

MIPUNIRO SPIKERS SPONSORED SEVEN FROM YOUTH SIDE TO ATTEND NATIONAL REFEREE COURSE

Mipuniro Youth - Volleyball

 

Malawi Volleyball Association (VAM) had organized a Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) National Refereeing Course which was in Lilongwe, Malawi from August 08 to 11, 2019.

Mipuniro Spikers Volleyball Club Mipuniro Spikers Volleyball CLUB Management christened The Servants, thought it wise to sponsor seven of its Mipuniro Youth youngsters to attend the course. VAM had opened that apart from the twenty-nine participants it had, those that wanted to attend the course and will sponsor themselves in terms of food, accommodation and transport, can do so. 

Mipuniro Spikers Team Manager, Musatero Nkhonzi Musa Tero , said that is part of Club’s players development.

“Players need to know the rules to play effectively. It is also part of our player development philosophy. We do not just let the kids learn hitting the ball. They must understand the rules and how the referee conducts his/ her work so as to avoid the misunderstandings that most of the times arise and mars the game in many instances”, he revealed. 

On the other hand, trained and certified as National Referees, Nkhonzi had this to say, “We take this time to congratulate these youthful referees for taking this challenging and exciting task head-on. It's a welcome development that is to some extent, overdue. Our hope is that these youthful referees will get the necessary support and confidence from the old Whistle-guards. We look forward to that day when these youthful referees will successfully officiate say a final game at National Tournament. Until then, their knowledge accumulated in this course may be taken for a ride. These youthful referees need to be given a chance to officiate games as soon as is practically possible. If not now, when?” 

The names of the youngsters are Henry Dominic (18) , Asayile Joseph Chiona (18) Asayile Chiona , Steve ‘99’ Banda (19) Steve Bandah , Simeon ‘Masai’ Kanyenda (18) Simeon Kanyenda , Bestone and Benson Chimpeni , the twin brothers (16) and Blessings ‘Bwaila’ Singini (19) Mada Singini singini . 

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues and captain for Mipuniro Youth, Dominic thanked the Servants.

“I would like to thank the management for sponsoring us and making us part of the course. It was such a fascinating and wonderful experience and we have learnt a lot not just as referees but as players too. We appreciate Management’s efforts and sacrifices that they put up for us. We will not disappoint”, he praised. 

One of the seasoned National Referee, Aaron Manda Aaron Manda , who also attended the course, spoke high of the lads.

“The group was quite informed in terms of the rules and showed great awareness in their responsibilities. I was particularly impressed with the twins, Benson and Bestone and the Libero, [sic] ‘Asayile Joseph Chiona’. They showed great composure as first referees for someone that young. They were able to handle the practical very well and the instructor was very impressed,” he rated them.

“I would urge them to continue working hard so as to go beyond our level of national referees, they still have ample time to reach international referees level,” he added. 

Mipuniro Spikers is a non-profit, volunteer-driven and run community volleyball Club that provides
developmental and competitive volleyball opportunities to anyone who becomes a member. To some extent, the team also provides social volleyball to enhance interaction and symbolize its diversity and embracing the “Volleyball-YourWay” concept by the world volleyball governing body, Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB).

The Club started in 2015 when it registered to play in Central Region Volleyball League (CRVL). Earlier before 2015 in around 2012, The Club was just a group of undergraduate University/ College volleyball players from various colleges (particularly University Of Malawi- Poly The Malawi Polytechnic , Chanco University of Malawi, Chancellor College , Bunda Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources -city campus and KCN Kamuzu College of Nursing ) who were playing social volleyball especially when on holidays. Members enthusiasm and passion about the sport has led them to transform a social volleyball session into an established club on the local scene.
There were also other individuals from across the nation who sponsored themselves to attend the course. All together were supposed to be forty-nine, but only forty-five made it.

_Picture: Mipuniro Youth Participants Of The Course after getting their certificates_ L-R: (standing) Dominic; Kanyenda; Banda; Singini; (Squatting) Chimpeni; Chiona and Chimpeni.

First Appeared on www.facebook.com/VolleyballMalawi/ www.volleyballmalawi.com 

 

www.volleyballmalawi.com

Trust Joe Gome…

Fri, 09/08/2019 - 16:03

The participants pose with the instructor and officials from VAM and Malawi National Sports Council

It is reported that Malawi has about thirteen certified National Referees; no Candindate International Referee and no International Referee since she was affiliated to Federation International of Volleyball (FIVB) FIVB Volleyball World in 1984. Unfortunately, as of to date, only few among them are active in terms of officiating the game.

The course has started today, Thursday 8th to Sunday, 11th August, 2019 at Falls Baptist Theological Seminary in Lilongwe. The instructor for the course is an FIVB certified, Waleed Abdelsamad from Egypt.

Volleyball Association of Malawi (VAM) General Secretary, Jairos Nkhoma has said the course will add value to the game of Volleyball in Malawi technically.

"The Confederation Of African Volleyball (CAVB) National Volleyball Refereeing course will add value to our sport technically. We have seen situations where teams, coaches and referees arguing on the rules of the game. But also less active referees has been a challenge. Therefore, the coming of this course will really help us to cover those gaps. In addition, our referees will be recognized internationally and progress to high level refereeing.We are very optimistic that the participants will learn more from the course and be able to transfer the knowledge to other people from their respective regions", Nkhoma said.

The instructor Abdelsamad, concured with Nkhoma.

"I feel it will be an important course. Forty nine participants means that a lot of people feel the importance of refereeing and for sure will help to improve the game, He concured.

The course is being funded by the Government through Malawi National Council Of Sports.

This development has excited one of the participant and thanked the organisers, Florence Nana Nyangulu.

"As a participant who is also a volleyball player I expect to learn a lot about volleyball rules. The course is very important to me as a player and also as a maiden referee. Thanks to the organisers", She revealed.

Out of the forty nine participants, there are three already trained national referees (one certified and two do have ther certificate) so that they share their experiences and be refreshed with some new rules, five national coaches so that they also have a knowledge on contemporary rules of the game since they help develop grassroots and coach National teams.

 

First appeared on www.volleyballmalawi.com 

 

MIPUNIRO SPIKERS SPONSORED SEVEN FROM YOUTH SIDE TO ATTEND NATIONAL REFEREE COURSE

Mipuniro Youth - Volleyball

 

Malawi Volleyball Association (VAM) had organized a Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) National Refereeing Course which was in Lilongwe, Malawi from August 08 to 11, 2019.

Mipuniro Spikers Volleyball Club Mipuniro Spikers Volleyball CLUB Management christened The Servants, thought it wise to sponsor seven of its Mipuniro Youth youngsters to attend the course. VAM had opened that apart from the twenty-nine participants it had, those that wanted to attend the course and will sponsor themselves in terms of food, accommodation and transport, can do so. 

Mipuniro Spikers Team Manager, Musatero Nkhonzi Musa Tero , said that is part of Club’s players development.

“Players need to know the rules to play effectively. It is also part of our player development philosophy. We do not just let the kids learn hitting the ball. They must understand the rules and how the referee conducts his/ her work so as to avoid the misunderstandings that most of the times arise and mars the game in many instances”, he revealed. 

On the other hand, trained and certified as National Referees, Nkhonzi had this to say, “We take this time to congratulate these youthful referees for taking this challenging and exciting task head-on. It's a welcome development that is to some extent, overdue. Our hope is that these youthful referees will get the necessary support and confidence from the old Whistle-guards. We look forward to that day when these youthful referees will successfully officiate say a final game at National Tournament. Until then, their knowledge accumulated in this course may be taken for a ride. These youthful referees need to be given a chance to officiate games as soon as is practically possible. If not now, when?” 

The names of the youngsters are Henry Dominic (18) , Asayile Joseph Chiona (18) Asayile Chiona , Steve ‘99’ Banda (19) Steve Bandah , Simeon ‘Masai’ Kanyenda (18) Simeon Kanyenda , Bestone and Benson Chimpeni , the twin brothers (16) and Blessings ‘Bwaila’ Singini (19) Mada Singini singini . 

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues and captain for Mipuniro Youth, Dominic thanked the Servants.

“I would like to thank the management for sponsoring us and making us part of the course. It was such a fascinating and wonderful experience and we have learnt a lot not just as referees but as players too. We appreciate Management’s efforts and sacrifices that they put up for us. We will not disappoint”, he praised. 

One of the seasoned National Referee, Aaron Manda Aaron Manda , who also attended the course, spoke high of the lads.

“The group was quite informed in terms of the rules and showed great awareness in their responsibilities. I was particularly impressed with the twins, Benson and Bestone and the Libero, [sic] ‘Asayile Joseph Chiona’. They showed great composure as first referees for someone that young. They were able to handle the practical very well and the instructor was very impressed,” he rated them.

“I would urge them to continue working hard so as to go beyond our level of national referees, they still have ample time to reach international referees level,” he added. 

Mipuniro Spikers is a non-profit, volunteer-driven and run community volleyball Club that provides
developmental and competitive volleyball opportunities to anyone who becomes a member. To some extent, the team also provides social volleyball to enhance interaction and symbolize its diversity and embracing the “Volleyball-YourWay” concept by the world volleyball governing body, Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB).

The Club started in 2015 when it registered to play in Central Region Volleyball League (CRVL). Earlier before 2015 in around 2012, The Club was just a group of undergraduate University/ College volleyball players from various colleges (particularly University Of Malawi- Poly The Malawi Polytechnic , Chanco University of Malawi, Chancellor College , Bunda Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources -city campus and KCN Kamuzu College of Nursing ) who were playing social volleyball especially when on holidays. Members enthusiasm and passion about the sport has led them to transform a social volleyball session into an established club on the local scene.
There were also other individuals from across the nation who sponsored themselves to attend the course. All together were supposed to be forty-nine, but only forty-five made it.

_Picture: Mipuniro Youth Participants Of The Course after getting their certificates_ L-R: (standing) Dominic; Kanyenda; Banda; Singini; (Squatting) Chimpeni; Chiona and Chimpeni.

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The participants pose with the instructor and officials from VAM and Malawi National Sports Council

It is reported that Malawi has about thirteen certified National Referees; no Candindate International Referee and no International Referee since she was affiliated to Federation International of Volleyball (FIVB) FIVB Volleyball World in 1984. Unfortunately, as of to date, only few among them are active in terms of officiating the game.

The course has started today, Thursday 8th to Sunday, 11th August, 2019 at Falls Baptist Theological Seminary in Lilongwe. The instructor for the course is an FIVB certified, Waleed Abdelsamad from Egypt.

Volleyball Association of Malawi (VAM) General Secretary, Jairos Nkhoma has said the course will add value to the game of Volleyball in Malawi technically.

"The Confederation Of African Volleyball (CAVB) National Volleyball Refereeing course will add value to our sport technically. We have seen situations where teams, coaches and referees arguing on the rules of the game. But also less active referees has been a challenge. Therefore, the coming of this course will really help us to cover those gaps. In addition, our referees will be recognized internationally and progress to high level refereeing.We are very optimistic that the participants will learn more from the course and be able to transfer the knowledge to other people from their respective regions", Nkhoma said.

The instructor Abdelsamad, concured with Nkhoma.

"I feel it will be an important course. Forty nine participants means that a lot of people feel the importance of refereeing and for sure will help to improve the game, He concured.

The course is being funded by the Government through Malawi National Council Of Sports.

This development has excited one of the participant and thanked the organisers, Florence Nana Nyangulu.

"As a participant who is also a volleyball player I expect to learn a lot about volleyball rules. The course is very important to me as a player and also as a maiden referee. Thanks to the organisers", She revealed.

Out of the forty nine participants, there are three already trained national referees (one certified and two do have ther certificate) so that they share their experiences and be refreshed with some new rules, five national coaches so that they also have a knowledge on contemporary rules of the game since they help develop grassroots and coach National teams.

 

First appeared on www.volleyballmalawi.com 

 

MIPUNIRO SPIKERS SPONSORED SEVEN FROM YOUTH SIDE TO ATTEND NATIONAL REFEREE COURSE

Mipuniro Youth - Volleyball

 

Malawi Volleyball Association (VAM) had organized a Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) National Refereeing Course which was in Lilongwe, Malawi from August 08 to 11, 2019.

Mipuniro Spikers Volleyball Club Mipuniro Spikers Volleyball CLUB Management christened The Servants, thought it wise to sponsor seven of its Mipuniro Youth youngsters to attend the course. VAM had opened that apart from the twenty-nine participants it had, those that wanted to attend the course and will sponsor themselves in terms of food, accommodation and transport, can do so. 

Mipuniro Spikers Team Manager, Musatero Nkhonzi Musa Tero , said that is part of Club’s players development.

“Players need to know the rules to play effectively. It is also part of our player development philosophy. We do not just let the kids learn hitting the ball. They must understand the rules and how the referee conducts his/ her work so as to avoid the misunderstandings that most of the times arise and mars the game in many instances”, he revealed. 

On the other hand, trained and certified as National Referees, Nkhonzi had this to say, “We take this time to congratulate these youthful referees for taking this challenging and exciting task head-on. It's a welcome development that is to some extent, overdue. Our hope is that these youthful referees will get the necessary support and confidence from the old Whistle-guards. We look forward to that day when these youthful referees will successfully officiate say a final game at National Tournament. Until then, their knowledge accumulated in this course may be taken for a ride. These youthful referees need to be given a chance to officiate games as soon as is practically possible. If not now, when?” 

The names of the youngsters are Henry Dominic (18) , Asayile Joseph Chiona (18) Asayile Chiona , Steve ‘99’ Banda (19) Steve Bandah , Simeon ‘Masai’ Kanyenda (18) Simeon Kanyenda , Bestone and Benson Chimpeni , the twin brothers (16) and Blessings ‘Bwaila’ Singini (19) Mada Singini singini . 

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues and captain for Mipuniro Youth, Dominic thanked the Servants.

“I would like to thank the management for sponsoring us and making us part of the course. It was such a fascinating and wonderful experience and we have learnt a lot not just as referees but as players too. We appreciate Management’s efforts and sacrifices that they put up for us. We will not disappoint”, he praised. 

One of the seasoned National Referee, Aaron Manda Aaron Manda , who also attended the course, spoke high of the lads.

“The group was quite informed in terms of the rules and showed great awareness in their responsibilities. I was particularly impressed with the twins, Benson and Bestone and the Libero, [sic] ‘Asayile Joseph Chiona’. They showed great composure as first referees for someone that young. They were able to handle the practical very well and the instructor was very impressed,” he rated them.

“I would urge them to continue working hard so as to go beyond our level of national referees, they still have ample time to reach international referees level,” he added. 

Mipuniro Spikers is a non-profit, volunteer-driven and run community volleyball Club that provides
developmental and competitive volleyball opportunities to anyone who becomes a member. To some extent, the team also provides social volleyball to enhance interaction and symbolize its diversity and embracing the “Volleyball-YourWay” concept by the world volleyball governing body, Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB).

The Club started in 2015 when it registered to play in Central Region Volleyball League (CRVL). Earlier before 2015 in around 2012, The Club was just a group of undergraduate University/ College volleyball players from various colleges (particularly University Of Malawi- Poly The Malawi Polytechnic , Chanco University of Malawi, Chancellor College , Bunda Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources -city campus and KCN Kamuzu College of Nursing ) who were playing social volleyball especially when on holidays. Members enthusiasm and passion about the sport has led them to transform a social volleyball session into an established club on the local scene.
There were also other individuals from across the nation who sponsored themselves to attend the course. All together were supposed to be forty-nine, but only forty-five made it.

_Picture: Mipuniro Youth Participants Of The Course after getting their certificates_ L-R: (standing) Dominic; Kanyenda; Banda; Singini; (Squatting) Chimpeni; Chiona and Chimpeni.

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Trust Joe Gome…

Fri, 09/08/2019 - 16:03

The participants pose with the instructor and officials from VAM and Malawi National Sports Council

It is reported that Malawi has about thirteen certified National Referees; no Candindate International Referee and no International Referee since she was affiliated to Federation International of Volleyball (FIVB) FIVB Volleyball World in 1984. Unfortunately, as of to date, only few among them are active in terms of officiating the game.

The course has started today, Thursday 8th to Sunday, 11th August, 2019 at Falls Baptist Theological Seminary in Lilongwe. The instructor for the course is an FIVB certified, Waleed Abdelsamad from Egypt.

Volleyball Association of Malawi (VAM) General Secretary, Jairos Nkhoma has said the course will add value to the game of Volleyball in Malawi technically.

"The Confederation Of African Volleyball (CAVB) National Volleyball Refereeing course will add value to our sport technically. We have seen situations where teams, coaches and referees arguing on the rules of the game. But also less active referees has been a challenge. Therefore, the coming of this course will really help us to cover those gaps. In addition, our referees will be recognized internationally and progress to high level refereeing.We are very optimistic that the participants will learn more from the course and be able to transfer the knowledge to other people from their respective regions", Nkhoma said.

The instructor Abdelsamad, concured with Nkhoma.

"I feel it will be an important course. Forty nine participants means that a lot of people feel the importance of refereeing and for sure will help to improve the game, He concured.

The course is being funded by the Government through Malawi National Council Of Sports.

This development has excited one of the participant and thanked the organisers, Florence Nana Nyangulu.

"As a participant who is also a volleyball player I expect to learn a lot about volleyball rules. The course is very important to me as a player and also as a maiden referee. Thanks to the organisers", She revealed.

Out of the forty nine participants, there are three already trained national referees (one certified and two do have ther certificate) so that they share their experiences and be refreshed with some new rules, five national coaches so that they also have a knowledge on contemporary rules of the game since they help develop grassroots and coach National teams.

 

First appeared on www.volleyballmalawi.com 

 

CAVB national refereeing course successfully concludes in LL, 45 refs certified

Picture: Love Aaron receiving her certificate

 

A Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB)  National Refereeing Course which was organised in Lilongwe, Malawi from August 08-11, 2019 through Volleyball Association of Malawi (VAM) and support from Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) to the tune of MK 4.2 million has concluded successfully.

Forty-five participants; eight females and the rest men, from all the three VAM’s affiliated leagues took part in the course instructed by the Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB) Instructor Waleed Abdelsamad from Egypt. Initially, the participants for the course were expected to be forty-nine, but five others due to other personal commitments, failed to take part. 

All Referees were subjected to theory at Falls Baptist Theology Seminary and practical sessions at Lilongwe Community Court and passed oral and practical exams.

Malawi has had such training in 2006 at Blantyre Youth Centre and in 2013 at Mzuzu Stadium/ Rosedale in Mzuzu, both under Solomon Bhekele as the instructor from Ethiopia. 

The guest of honour at the closing ceremony, Dennis Kumwenda, who is Malawi Olympic Committee (MOC) Executive Member, commended the course and the participants for being disciplined during the course. 

“Thank you VAM for identifying the gap in refereeing and considering gender. We have seen women being part of the course. This must be recommended. Women must be encouraged in sports. To you all, the participants, you have represented us well. Thank you for your discipline displayed. We are grateful for good gesture you have shown”, he said. 

CAVB organise the first ever International Candidate Referee course solely for female referees in Nairobi, Kenya in March, 2014. The main aim was to increase the number and effectiveness of female referees on the Africa.

Kumwenda continued to challenge the participants to put the certificates to use. 

“Government through VAM has done its part, now the ball is in your court. We expect best performance from you especially at the zone six senior clubs championship which we are hosting this year. Make use of the certificates, we want results, some of you have many certificates, but you just pile them. Please perfom in your area,’ he urged. 

On his part VAM vice president, James Kaunda expressed joy for the new referees and concurred with Kumwenda that they must be active at officiating the game.

“We are better off now in terms of refereeing personnel in Malawi. We had shortage of referees. Yes, and you are happy that you have got your certificates, but the real work for that has just started. We will be monitoring you to see if you are really worth the certificates’, he advised.

It is reported that this is the first course for National Referees course to have such highest number of participants. 

Abdelsamad in his closing remarks, encouraged participants to dream big. 

“It is not enough to be just a National Referee, aim to be an International Referee so that you can be officiating the game of volleyball anywhere in the world. Keep on learning and working hard.” he said. 

One of the participants, Love Aaron expressed gratitude after attaining her certificate and encouraged fellow women to take sports seriously and volleyball in particular. 

“I am very happy that now I am certified National Volleyball Referee. I did not expect it. The ladies that do not take part in sports, please, lets start taking part through various roles. Sports is good,” she explained.

Passionate Aaron came along with her baby that is not at toddler stage yet. She had a maid who was helping her taking care of the baby during the course. 

The Zone Six Senior Clubs (Men and Women) is expected to be in early December this year and will be at African Bible College (ABC) in Capital City, Lilongwe.

The article first appeared on https://web.facebook.com/VolleyballMalawi/

Trust Joe Gome…

Fri, 09/08/2019 - 16:03

The participants pose with the instructor and officials from VAM and Malawi National Sports Council

It is reported that Malawi has about thirteen certified National Referees; no Candindate International Referee and no International Referee since she was affiliated to Federation International of Volleyball (FIVB) FIVB Volleyball World in 1984. Unfortunately, as of to date, only few among them are active in terms of officiating the game.

The course has started today, Thursday 8th to Sunday, 11th August, 2019 at Falls Baptist Theological Seminary in Lilongwe. The instructor for the course is an FIVB certified, Waleed Abdelsamad from Egypt.

Volleyball Association of Malawi (VAM) General Secretary, Jairos Nkhoma has said the course will add value to the game of Volleyball in Malawi technically.

"The Confederation Of African Volleyball (CAVB) National Volleyball Refereeing course will add value to our sport technically. We have seen situations where teams, coaches and referees arguing on the rules of the game. But also less active referees has been a challenge. Therefore, the coming of this course will really help us to cover those gaps. In addition, our referees will be recognized internationally and progress to high level refereeing.We are very optimistic that the participants will learn more from the course and be able to transfer the knowledge to other people from their respective regions", Nkhoma said.

The instructor Abdelsamad, concured with Nkhoma.

"I feel it will be an important course. Forty nine participants means that a lot of people feel the importance of refereeing and for sure will help to improve the game, He concured.

The course is being funded by the Government through Malawi National Council Of Sports.

This development has excited one of the participant and thanked the organisers, Florence Nana Nyangulu.

"As a participant who is also a volleyball player I expect to learn a lot about volleyball rules. The course is very important to me as a player and also as a maiden referee. Thanks to the organisers", She revealed.

Out of the forty nine participants, there are three already trained national referees (one certified and two do have ther certificate) so that they share their experiences and be refreshed with some new rules, five national coaches so that they also have a knowledge on contemporary rules of the game since they help develop grassroots and coach National teams.

 

First appeared on www.volleyballmalawi.com 

 

CAVB national refereeing course successfully concludes in LL, 45 refs certified

Picture: Love Aaron receiving her certificate

 

A Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB)  National Refereeing Course which was organised in Lilongwe, Malawi from August 08-11, 2019 through Volleyball Association of Malawi (VAM) and support from Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) to the tune of MK 4.2 million has concluded successfully.

Forty-five participants; eight females and the rest men, from all the three VAM’s affiliated leagues took part in the course instructed by the Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB) Instructor Waleed Abdelsamad from Egypt. Initially, the participants for the course were expected to be forty-nine, but five others due to other personal commitments, failed to take part. 

All Referees were subjected to theory at Falls Baptist Theology Seminary and practical sessions at Lilongwe Community Court and passed oral and practical exams.

Malawi has had such training in 2006 at Blantyre Youth Centre and in 2013 at Mzuzu Stadium/ Rosedale in Mzuzu, both under Solomon Bhekele as the instructor from Ethiopia. 

The guest of honour at the closing ceremony, Dennis Kumwenda, who is Malawi Olympic Committee (MOC) Executive Member, commended the course and the participants for being disciplined during the course. 

“Thank you VAM for identifying the gap in refereeing and considering gender. We have seen women being part of the course. This must be recommended. Women must be encouraged in sports. To you all, the participants, you have represented us well. Thank you for your discipline displayed. We are grateful for good gesture you have shown”, he said. 

CAVB organise the first ever International Candidate Referee course solely for female referees in Nairobi, Kenya in March, 2014. The main aim was to increase the number and effectiveness of female referees on the Africa.

Kumwenda continued to challenge the participants to put the certificates to use. 

“Government through VAM has done its part, now the ball is in your court. We expect best performance from you especially at the zone six senior clubs championship which we are hosting this year. Make use of the certificates, we want results, some of you have many certificates, but you just pile them. Please perfom in your area,’ he urged. 

On his part VAM vice president, James Kaunda expressed joy for the new referees and concurred with Kumwenda that they must be active at officiating the game.

“We are better off now in terms of refereeing personnel in Malawi. We had shortage of referees. Yes, and you are happy that you have got your certificates, but the real work for that has just started. We will be monitoring you to see if you are really worth the certificates’, he advised.

It is reported that this is the first course for National Referees course to have such highest number of participants. 

Abdelsamad in his closing remarks, encouraged participants to dream big. 

“It is not enough to be just a National Referee, aim to be an International Referee so that you can be officiating the game of volleyball anywhere in the world. Keep on learning and working hard.” he said. 

One of the participants, Love Aaron expressed gratitude after attaining her certificate and encouraged fellow women to take sports seriously and volleyball in particular. 

“I am very happy that now I am certified National Volleyball Referee. I did not expect it. The ladies that do not take part in sports, please, lets start taking part through various roles. Sports is good,” she explained.

Passionate Aaron came along with her baby that is not at toddler stage yet. She had a maid who was helping her taking care of the baby during the course. 

The Zone Six Senior Clubs (Men and Women) is expected to be in early December this year and will be at African Bible College (ABC) in Capital City, Lilongwe.

The article first appeared on https://web.facebook.com/VolleyballMalawi/

Trust Joe Gome…

Fri, 09/08/2019 - 16:03

The participants pose with the instructor and officials from VAM and Malawi National Sports Council

It is reported that Malawi has about thirteen certified National Referees; no Candindate International Referee and no International Referee since she was affiliated to Federation International of Volleyball (FIVB) FIVB Volleyball World in 1984. Unfortunately, as of to date, only few among them are active in terms of officiating the game.

The course has started today, Thursday 8th to Sunday, 11th August, 2019 at Falls Baptist Theological Seminary in Lilongwe. The instructor for the course is an FIVB certified, Waleed Abdelsamad from Egypt.

Volleyball Association of Malawi (VAM) General Secretary, Jairos Nkhoma has said the course will add value to the game of Volleyball in Malawi technically.

"The Confederation Of African Volleyball (CAVB) National Volleyball Refereeing course will add value to our sport technically. We have seen situations where teams, coaches and referees arguing on the rules of the game. But also less active referees has been a challenge. Therefore, the coming of this course will really help us to cover those gaps. In addition, our referees will be recognized internationally and progress to high level refereeing.We are very optimistic that the participants will learn more from the course and be able to transfer the knowledge to other people from their respective regions", Nkhoma said.

The instructor Abdelsamad, concured with Nkhoma.

"I feel it will be an important course. Forty nine participants means that a lot of people feel the importance of refereeing and for sure will help to improve the game, He concured.

The course is being funded by the Government through Malawi National Council Of Sports.

This development has excited one of the participant and thanked the organisers, Florence Nana Nyangulu.

"As a participant who is also a volleyball player I expect to learn a lot about volleyball rules. The course is very important to me as a player and also as a maiden referee. Thanks to the organisers", She revealed.

Out of the forty nine participants, there are three already trained national referees (one certified and two do have ther certificate) so that they share their experiences and be refreshed with some new rules, five national coaches so that they also have a knowledge on contemporary rules of the game since they help develop grassroots and coach National teams.

 

First appeared on www.volleyballmalawi.com