By Duncan Mlanjira
Aspirant for the post of chairman for Blantyre and Districts Darts League (BDDL) Goodwin Mwakanema is pledging to revive less active clubs and those that are defunct once voted into office.
BDDL is this Saturday going to elect new office bearers of chairman, secretary, treasurer and their deputies during its annual general meeting (AGM) to be held at Moth Club At Sunnyside.
He said once the league becomes vibrant, even the national team would be boosted.
“Having a lot of teams in the league will boost excellent competition,” he said. “This will provide a wider base of talent to be included in the national team.
“I will render support to the programmes laid down by the national executive of Darts Association of Malawi, of which I will form part. Through my Vision 2020, I intend to increase club participation from 13 to 20. I also intend to revive the less active clubs and those that are defunct,” he said.
On sponsorship, Mwakanema said he has courted potential sponsors selling his proposal to support the sport.
“My aim is not to obtain seasonal sponsorship but to strike a contract with a minimum of five years. In this way we are assured of long term activities.
“I am well connected to business captains in both private and public sectors of the country and majority of them have confidence in me.”
Mwakanema is reported to have sourced funding for pre-season tournaments as weĺl as supporting two active Division 2 teams and secured permanent sponsorship for them. He also personally sponsored pre-season matches last year.
“The pre-season sponsors have pledged more support for me even in the future to make darts more vibrant,” said the aspirant, who has been in the darts fraternity for four seasons now with a great passion to see the sport getting bigger and better.
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; 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.