Korfball Association of Malawi (KAM) has announced that it will this Saturday officially launch korfball at Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC) after it holds its inaugural elective general assembly.
Korfball is a ball sport, with similarities to netball and basketball. It has a mixed-gender league and an all-women league, but no all-men league. It is played by two teams of eight players with either eight females in each team or with four females and four males in each team. The objective is to throw a ball through a bottomless basket that is mounted on a 3.5 m (11.5 feet) high pole.
The rules are simple in the field, a woman can pass the ball to either her female or male teammate, but she is not allowed to mark a male opponent. The same applies to a male player.
According to KAM General Secretary Mzee Makawa, whose committee has been overseeing the development of the sport on an interim basis since 2006, said korfball is now ready to get into serious business.
Sports Council has bankrolled korfball’s activities to the tune of K400 000 while Mkaka Construction Company has contributed K20 000.
“We will start with the launch, which will be spiced up by a mini-tournament involving teams from Blantyre, Malawi Police Service and the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) on Saturday,” said Makawa.
“Then, we will go into polls on Sunday into elections to give office bearers a four-year term.”