Nhkata Sisters Football Team

One project in particular that has come to realise the importance of good management and reporting is the Nkhata Bay Sisters Football Team. Since our last newsletter, when many girls had lost interest, they have once again started to be organised with regular training and meetings. It was on the back of this that they were invited to trial games which took place in Mzuzu. The trials were to select a number of girls from the Northern Region for the National Women’s Team Squad which is due to play either Namibia or Zambia. In fact the girls did so well that seven where chosen:

1. Martha Longwe

2. Chikondi Gama

3. Naomi Mhone

4. Mourine Mhone

5. Virginia Hojane

6. Mphaso Banda

7. Ruth Phiri

Matha Longwe

I think it goes without saying this was a great achievement as many of these girls had never played football before a year and half ago.

This exert is from Mr Happy’s report on the trip.

"I Mr. happy M.D. accompanied the girls on their way to Mzuzu , everything was good. Singing, chatting, and final touches in coaching the girls were all mixed in with the mini bus ride on our way. We Had a stop over at Mpamba where we bought some snacks, bananas, green maize, oranges and few avocado pear, fruits rich in vitamins. The rains were a dripping-dripping, but we never gave up the fight to meet our friends in Mzuzu with the vision to win and get good positions for the national team. We arrived in mzuzu at 11.00 am and drove straight to the venue ground Chiwabvi stadium, we where probably the second team to get there and every thing was normal. To our surprise the Football pitch was marked with maize (husks) to show lines instead of lime. It is true that Mr Ashton used to say to you some times you must always expect the unexpected as you travel in Africa."

Following this success the girls have now passed a proposal to us to partake in the local Women’s Vinjeru Football Trophy which we have accepted.