Recently Minister of Sports, Youth and Culture, Francis Phiso, has promised to support all sporting codes and to cite proper infrastructures in the country.
Phiso said that while football had been getting the lion’s share of government funds, it was important to support all sport codes in the country.
“Besides supporting football, we should also look at ways of promoting other sporting codes such as boxing, rugby, volleyball and netball. Our efforts in promoting football should not make us forget other sporting codes that equally deserve attention,” Phiso said.
He added: “Sports codes such as netball have put Malawi on the map but national teams continue to face problems despite representing us well at international level. It is my sincere hope that we will find solutions to sports problems.”
He cited the need to have proper infrastructure for Malawi to produce outstanding athletes.
Phiso said he was not a stranger to sports in the country, having been sponsoring football and netball competitions in his Blantyre North Constituency.
Phiso is making his first appearance in Cabinet after being appointed alongside other ministers towards the end of last week.
He was entrusted with the position ahead of other personalities with a proven sports background such as Lands Minister Symon Vuwa Kaunda, and his Health counterpart Jappie Mhango.
Meanwhile, Phiso said he would invite stakeholders to brainstorm and find solutions to challenges haunting the country’s sports sector.