Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Councillor for Sanjiko Ward John Kawinga recently gave out cash prizes to winners of the K70,000 John Kawinga Football League, which he sponsored in his ward last year.
A total of 17 football clubs from Sanjiko Ward in Lilongwe rural participated in the league, which spanned from September to December last year.
Speaking during the prize presentation ceremony at Nathenje Primary School ground on Sunday, Kawinga said he decided to sponsor the league to keep the youth in his ward busy, offer entertainment to the local people and expose talent from his ward.
“A lot of young people in my ward have been staying idle and this was leading them to bad habits like smoking, beer drinking, pre-marital sex and other bad habits.
“There is also good talent in this area which can benefit teams playing in the upper leagues,” said Kawinga.
He pledged to continue with the sponsorship, saying from now on the teams will be competing in a knock-out cup.
Lilongwe Rural District Sports Officer Ekima Chikafa, who was guest of honour during a ceremonial match involving league champions Chiwowa FC and runners-up Sanjiko FC hailed the Councillor for sponsoring the league.
“The sponsorship amount might look small but by village standards, this is enough to mobilise the youth as you have seen from the huge attendance during the ceremonial match.”