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Lab Player wins Arkay award
November 03 2010

Lab Enterprises FC lost 2-1 to spirited Liwonde Medicals but the visitor's consolation was having their captain Helson Selemani voted September's best player for the Arkay Southern Region Football League's (SRFL) Premier Division. Selemani received the award, whose prizes included a plastic chair from plasticware manufacturers, Arkay, during half-time of the exciting game played at Liwonde ground.

It proved to be a consolation for Lab who were the first to go ahead through Ernest Ibrahim in the third minute with a well-placed header. Hopes of increasing the lead were dashed as the hosts came back to the party with two brilliant Mussa Mataka strikes that brought the packed ground back to life. Mussa volleyed in from a tight angle to ignite applause in the 30th minute before finally putting Liwonde ahead deep in the second-half after an interchange of passes with twin striker Stan Mwagomba. Mataka was also voted man of the match.

The crowd included SRFL vice-chairperson Obi Kaunda, vice-general secretary Occur Mumba, Arkay's Amos Chirwa and Getrude Banda. There were also other individual awards with MBC's David Kapezi, Dennis Makiyi of Power FM 101 and The Daily Times' Patrick Lunda, winning September's best reporters awards for print and electronic media.

 

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Kamowa reclaims Lab trophy
October 01 2010

Revived James Kamowa maintained his unbeaten run to win the second edition of Lab Enterprise individual tournament at Malawi Sun Hotel. Kamowa defeated defending champion Richard Chiona, top seed Gerald Mphungu, Bright Nthara, Stanley Mpinganjira and candidate master Joseph Chalemba, to amass 5.5 points. "I maintained my concentration during the tournament. I am delighted to have reclaimed the title after struggling in recent tournaments," he said. The champion received K 15,000 plus trophy and he went away with a dinner voucher. George Mwale, who was the only player to force a draw against Kamowa, finished_second with 4. 5 points. Third-placed Mpinganjira finished with four points. In category B, Stanley Biyasi won the championship after collecting five points and he received K10,000. Chimwemwe Manjakhosi was second with the same number of points while Festus Kayenda was third with four points.

In ladies category, Ellen Mpinganjira defended the trophy after collecting six points. The ladies battle saw three players tying on four points each and they were separated using Buccholz tie break system. Caroline Mwale finished second and she was followed by Patricia Chihana and Mary Ngugama on third and fourth positions respectively. This is the first time for Ngugama to participate in the tournament but made a remarkable impression on her debut. For the first time since Lab chess started a record of 16 girls competed in the trophy. Southern Region Chess League (SRCL) chairperson Susan Namangale recognized Lab Enterprise for their continued support since 2007. "I also want to thank the management of Malawi Sun Hotel for spicing up the tournament with other prizes. The Hotel also provided food. Similarly, I want to pay special tribute to Annie's Lodge for offering accommodation for four players who travelled from Lilongwe and Mzuzu," she said.

Southern Region Sports Development Officer Griffin Saenda, who was the guest of honour, said he was impressed with the standard of the sport. Saenda said government, through Malawi National Council of Sports'was committed to developing the sport. "But our support will depend on transparency and accountability of the association," he said. Lab Enterprise's Charity Lipipa said they were pleased with how the tournament was run

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