FA Malawi launches 2016/17 womens football cut

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) says it is very committed to invest, develop and take women’s football to greater heights in the country.

The women football cup

The women football cup

The remarks were made on Thursday at the Mpira Village in Blantyre where Football Association of Malawi (Fam) officially launched the 2016-17 national womens Fam Cup.

Speaking at the function, Fam Executive Member who was also guest of honour Daud Mtanthiko said the local soccer governing body wants to make sure that the ladies football team shine across Africa and even beyond the boarders.

Mtanthiko said exporting of two players namely Tabitha Chawinga and Chisomo Kazisonga who are enjoying their career in Europe as professional footballers is a clear indication that Malawi has the potential to conquer Africa in as far asthe game of women’s football is concerned.

“We are doing well as we have exported two players to Europe so we believe by having many competitions like this one, we will develop more exports who will in return play for the national team to do well in international competitions” said Mtanthiko.

The on and off female Flames played their last international match against Tanzania in November last year.

Speaking on behalf of the National Womens Football Committee (NWFC), Chairperson Severia Chalira expressed gratitude towards Fam for bringing back the competition this year.

She said the competitio has greatly impacted in developing top players since its inception in 2013.

According to Chalira, this year’s competition will be played in four cities namely Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Zomba.

She revealed that it will be played in a round of robin format with group winners qualifying for the semifinals unlike last year where it was open to elite teams.

Chalira said opening up the competition killed the whole concept of developing youth talent hence the need to return to previous format.

He said the winner from each city will qualify for the national finals scheduled to take place in January if everything goes according to plan.

Winners at city level will cut home K500,000, K300,00 runners up, third place K150,000 while top goal scorers will pocket K30,000.

At national level, the champions will take home K1 million, runners up K500,000 while third placed team will receive K250,000.

The golden boot winner will receive a cash prize of K50,000.

Dates for the commencement of the cup at city level are yet to be announced.

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