Registration of teams in the first-ever K8 million Countrywide Cup in Zomba has been affected by the effects of the recent floods, especially in low-lying areas.
Zomba District Football Committee (ZDFC) chairperson Rajab Namaraka disclosed this in an interview with Nyasa Times.
He said teams from flood-hit areas in Likangala Zone are those that have been greatly affected and added that availability of venues would be the main challenge as most football pitches in the area have been rendered unplayable.
“The recent floods have destroyed football pitches for teams in Likangala Zone and water in some places has not yet ceded. Mostly, at district level teams from the area participate in great numbers but that is not the case this time around,” said Namaraka.
The district football chairperson said about 16 teams have registered with the committee for the competition.
He said they are expecting to have 25 teams at the end of the extended registration exercise which ends on Sunday, February 20.
“We will conduct a draw for the teams at Zomba Community Centre Hall on Monday, February 16 from 10 o’clock in the morning. But we are hopeful of having an exciting competition because teams are already used to the format which is more or less like that of the Presidential Cup,” he added.
Heavy rains which fell consecutively for four days from January 8 2015 resulted in the swelling of rivers destroying houses, property and crops in the low-lying areas in the district displacing 11 020 households, according to figures from the district disaster office in Zomba.