By James Mphande
Malawi University of Science and Technology student, Stain Noel Liffa is among a team of athletes that will represent Malawi during this year’s All Africa Games in Morocco between August 19 and 30.
Currently in national camp in preparation for the games in Morocco, Liffa said he was ready to represent Malawi and MUST at the competition.
Liffa is a 100 and 200 metre splinter and holds the national record for the two distances on top of also participating in long jump, which is unfortunately not represented at the Rabat and Casablanca competition.
The Malawi team comprises of athletes in five sporting disciplines of taekwondo, judo, tennis, athletics, chess and swimming.
Other representatives in athletics are Gift Kawale, Kefasi Kesteni, Chancy Master, Golden Gunde, Miriam Kachingwe and Moneyi Chingaipe.
There are also three archers in Mark Abel, Bzalani Kamtotole and Areneo David.
Harriet Boniface and Chikondi Kathewera will represent Malawi in judo while in Taekwondo, Malawi will rely on Joseph Phiri Jnr, Stanislaus Karlos Phiri and Vester Banda. Table tennis will be represented by Salam Issah and Floriano Massah Jnr.
In swimming, Malawi has Felipe Gomez and chess will be represented by Joseph Mwale, Gerald Mphungu, Daisy Nkhoma and Tupokiwe Msukwa.
The team has been prepared by Malawi Olympic Committee (MOC) and the other disciplines selected are athletics, taekwondo, tennis, swimming and sport of the moment, chess.
The 12th All Africa Games in Morocco has attracted 54 countries competing in 23 games. Morocco is hosting the games for the first time with the official opening ceremony slated for August 19, 2019 at the Prince Moulay Abdullah Stadium by King Mohammed VI.
Liffa has just completed his first year at MUST and this will be his second international competition after competing at the Gaborone International Meet in Botswana early in the year where he came out first in 200 metres but was disqualified in 100 metres after the authorities claimed he had a false start.
The athlete believes he has good future in sports because for him, higher education will give him an added advantage as the two complement each other.
He refutes claims that sports disturbs one’s education, saying it all boils down to time management and making the right decisions at the right time.
“Currently, my priority is on academics. For example, I was supposed to go to Mauritius in July but because the period coincided with examinations, I excused myself from going to the competition. I believe with education, one can also go far with their athletics career,” he said.