The newly elected Chess Association of Malawi-CHESSAM President Susan Namangale promises to prioritise resource mobilisation for the development of the sport.
Namangale becomes the first female leader in the association.
She is in the office after beating Gershom Chima and Mayeso Mphande during the association’s elections that took place in Lilongwe over the weekend.
Just like most sports disciplines in the country, chess does not enjoy massive support from the government and the corporate world but rather individuals.
“We are taking over the association without financial resources. The immediate plan is for us to go out and seek sponsorship from different companies because we cannot do much if we don’t have money to run the association.” She lamented.
Namangale further added that being a woman does not look like a challenge to her.
“If I don’t make it, it’s not because I am a woman, but other factors, but I am sure I’ll make it with support from all the stakeholders including the players.”
The female President who is also the Former Executive Member in the association, has Moses Mtumbuka and Leornard Sharra as her Vice and General Secretary respectively.
Makhosi Nyirenda lost the Publicity Secretary position to Alfred Chimthere as Margret Ngugama went unopposed on the position of the Schools Coordinator.
Isaac Mumba is the Technical Director after beating Mark Ndipita.
Wakisa Mweghama, Peter Wengawenga, WFM Linda Jambo Chaononga and Ellen Mpinganjira are the new committee members in the executive.