Blantyre and Districts Darts League (BDDL) is this Saturday going to elect new office bearers and the elections has attracted great interest from different individuals, teams and some potential sponsors.
BDDL has for the past few years gone down from sponsorship, participation as well as individuals losing interest in the sport.
A source privy to the elections said several people have been campaigning by organising tournaments using their own resources.
“Two camps has emerged — one for the incumbent officials led by Harry Msiska and the other is made up of all new blood and is already enjoying support from individuals and some potential sponsors,” said the source.
“The camp of new blood is currently led by the aspiring chairman Goodwin Mwakanena, who managed to source K400,000 that was uses to organise three off-season singles tournaments at Smilemart at Chadzunda on 12th March. On the 19th they took the party to Tedzani and on Easter Saturday, the darts party was at While Village.
“The tournaments attracted more sponsors and as we approach the elections, there is another K200,000 waiting on the cards. It is believed that this camp headed by Goodwin Mwakanena is geared for the recovery of the lost glory in the once glamorous game of darts,” the source said.
The AGM shall start at 10am and is expected to be presided over by officials from Darts Association of Malawi.
So far there are a total of 15 aspirants that are standing with the position of chairman having three candidates competing as follows: Harry Msiska, who has been nominated by his team Poly CEC; Goodwin Mwakanema, who has been nominated by his team Into Sports and Ted Mwanza, who has been nominated by his team, Staff Development Institute (SDI).
The position of vice-chairman also has three people contesting; the incumbent Palije Nyirenda, Benson Bakali and Isaac Masinga. The incumbent is coming from MPC Darts, Bakali comes from Blantyre Sports Club (BSC) while Isaac Masinga comes from Nkula Bees.
The position of secretary has attracted interests from the incumbent Diovan Surtee from BSC and a veteran media guru, Anderson Fumulani, who plays for Redbulls.
Raffick Omar from Escom’s Kapichira Power Station and Steve Kalua from BSC are vying for the position of the deputy secretary.
Brave Chirwa of MPC darts team is aspiring to retain his position of treasurer, the post that is considered to be the most important. Sources say the people competing are being scrutinised so that they have a strong character and should pledge accountability.
Chirwa has two other people contesting — Nasir Surtee from BSC and Muchanakhwaye Mpuluka from Redbulls. Aspiring to deputise this very important position is youngster by name of Talimba Mwalwanda as well as Daniel Mwalwayo from Poly CEC and Robert Gongolo from BSC.