Jun 23, 2018 Last Updated 2:14 PM, Jun 22, 2018


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Integrated mobile network and ICT provider TNM Plc this Saturday returns to Mulanje Golf Club to rekindle its romance with golfers during an individual stablefold tournament under the banner of TNM Contract.

With a tradition for being an unwavering partner and sponsor of golf in Malawi, the Mulanje Tournament has become a bi-annual ceremony where TNM interacts with customers and other partners on the greens while enjoying the bewitching and spectacular views of Mulanje Mountain massif and its surrounding green tea plantations.

TNM Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Daniel Makata said the company is excited to return to Mulanje after hosting similar tournament in July 2016.

“Our return to Mulanje Golf Club underscores the commitment we have towards golf, and overall sports sponsorship in Malawi,’’ said Makata.

He said the weekend’s tournament will provide the mobile and ICT company a platform to showcase Contract packages for personal and business customers.

“TNM Contract is a fully-packaged offering that enhances user experience by providing incentives for voice, data and unparalleled connectivity to our high speed and reliable internet. Saturday’s tournament accords us an opportunity to interact with our customers from the tea industry and related sectors to share with them our competitive offerings on the Contract packages and other TNM products and services,” said Makata.

Mulanje Golf Club Captain, Ajay Lujeri welcomed TNM’s tournament saying it helps to expose the club to the golfing community.

“Last time TNM hosted the competition in Mulanje was in July 2016 and it attracted 102 golfers. TNM Golf Competitions are very popular and prestigious among golfers across the country and when the company approached our Club to host the competition this year, we felt very honored and privileged and we look forward for this partnership to continue for years to come,“ he said.

The Mulanje tournament attracted a full field of over 72 golfers and it will be played on an individual stableford format.

During the 2016 TNM tournament Charles Mukiwa and Carol Banda won in men’s and ladies category respectively.

Senegal defender Saliou Ciss has been ruled out of the 2018 World Cup in Russia with an ankle injury.

The 28-year-old left-back suffered the injury in last month's friendly against Luxembourg and has not recovered sufficiently.

France-based defender Adama Mbengue has been drafted in to replace Ciss in Senegal's squad.

The Teranga Lions will begin their Russia 2018 campaign against Poland on 19 June in Moscow.

"Saliou Ciss can no longer participate in the World Cup because of a serious injury that occurred during our team's preparation," the Senegal Football Federation (FSF) said in a statement.

Mbengue, 24, who was on the four-man standby list, is expected to join the team in Moscow on Sunday.

Teams are only allowed to replace injured players 24 hours before their opening games.

At their first and only World Cup appearance in 2002, Senegal - led by then captain and now coach Aliou Cisse - reached the quarter-finals and beat a star-studded French side in the group stages.

This time around, Senegal will have to get past Poland, Colombia and Japan in Group H of the tournament in Russia.

After their opener against Poland on Tuesday, they will play Japan on 24 June and then Colombia four days later.

Top of Form

African Boxing Union (ABU) champion Anisha Bashirr will on June 15th, 2018, take on Samantha Smith in a Commonwealth Female Lightweight title fight which will take place in the United Kingdom at York Hall in London. 

Basher “the massacre”, born on September 1st, 1997 and who made her debut in 2015, has fought 12 bouts in which she made seven wins and lost five. Five of these bouts were international.

Her opponent, Samantha, who is aged 38, has fought nine bouts making a record of eight wins and a single defeat. She also made her debut in 2015.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency on Wednesday, Basher’s trainer, Clyde Musonda said the girl was doing her best to grab the Commonwealth title belt come June 15th.

“Preparations are going on very well; we are in camp training at College of Medicine gym where there are better boxing facilities. Cool Running’s restaurant is taking care of the boxer’s diet to the point that she is doing well.

“Now she is 90 per cent fit, before we leave on the 10th (June), she will be on 100 per cent. She is too hungry for the title as it will automatically take her to any world titles if she wins this one,” said Musonda.

On her record of winning seven knout-outs, Musonda said that was how she was taught.

“As you know Anisha from her last seven fights, she won all of them with technical knockouts, so, we just want to maintain that especially when fighting away from home to avoid losing on home decision. We expect another technical knockout.

“I should urge all Malawians to support the girl as she has carried the flag of Malawi, of course, we do respect her opponent (Samantha)’s record as she is also training hard to win the belt. She got a good record but Anisha got many technical knockouts,” added Musonda. 

South Africa's Caster Semenya set the year's best time in the 800m at the Diamond League meeting in Eugene as American sprinter Christian Coleman suffered a surprise defeat in the 100m.

Semenya claimed victory in a time of one minute 55.91 seconds.

World indoor 60m record holder Coleman, making his 2018 outdoor debut, finished second to compatriot Ronnie Baker, who won in a wind-assisted 9.78.

Britain's Reece Prescod finished third in 9.88 and CJ Ujah came sixth.

If Prescod's time had been legal it would have been within 0.01 seconds of Linford Christie's long-standing British record.

Marie-Josee Ta Lou won a high-class women's 100m, coming from behind to beat fellow Ivorian Murielle Ahoure in a wind-legal 10.88.

Olympic champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica took third with 10.98 while British record holder Dina Asher-Smith posted her best 100m time since 2015 to finish sixth in 11:06.

Britain's Laura Muir, who completed her veterinary degree this week, was second in the women's 1500m behind surprise winner Shelby Houlihan from the USA, while team-mate Laura Weightman came 12th.

British world indoor champion Andrew Pozzi battled food poisoning to finish seventh in the 110m hurdles and compatriot Holly Bradshaw came eighth in the pole vault.

There were impressive wins for American pair Noah Lyles (200m) and Shaunae Miller-Uibo (400m).

Lyles stormed away to win in 19.69 and equal South African Clarence Munyai's world-best time for 2018, with Britain's Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake clocking 20.51 for fifth.

Miller-Uibo, the Olympic champion, clocked 49.52 for a comprehensive victory over world champion Phyllis Francis (50.81).

Algeria striker Ishak Belfodil has joined German side Hoffenheim from Belgian club Standard Liege.

The 26-year-old, who saw a proposed switch to Premier League side Everton scrapped in January 2017, has signed a deal until June 2020.

It's a swift return to the German Bundesliga for the striker who spent the 2017/18 season on loan at Werder Bremen scoring six goals in 29 appearances.

"Happy to join Hoffenheim and looking forward to start the season with my new teammates and staff," he wrote on Instagram.

Belfodil has had a nomadic career, including spells with Lyon, Bologna, Parma, Inter Milan, Livorno and UAE's Baniyas before moving to Belgium in 2016.

He scored 17 goals and produced six assists in 40 appearances for Standard Liege, his most successful campaign as a professional.

Belfodil represented France at different youth levels before switching allegiance to Algeria, making his debut for the Desert Foxes in August 2013.

He has scored twice in 15 appearances for Algeria and played in the 2015 African Cup of Nations.

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