Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has hailed Central Region Beach Soccer Committee (CRBSC) for soliciting funds independently to launch the first ever beach soccer league in the country.
The recomendations were made at the launch of the Central Region Beach Soccer league at the Sunbird Livingstonia Beach Hotel in the Lakeshore District of Salima over the weekend.
The league dubbed Sand Festival Central Region Beach Soccer League will run from August to December and will be played on weekly basis.
Twelve teams are expected to compete according to CRBSC General Secretary Allie Mwachande.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, Fam Vice Presedent James Mwenda who was also guest of honour said the launch of Central Region Beach Soccer is a milestone in the history of beach soccer.
He also challenged the National Beach Soccer Committee to put an extra gear inorder to help other regions secure sponsorship for their respective regional leagues and national beach soccer cups.
“It is a recommendable thing that Central Region Beach Soccer Committee has managed to launch a K1 million league and let me congratulate and encourage them to continue the good work. They
managed to raise the money through their means-fundaising activities-as well as securing sponsorship from Impact Events,” said Mwenda.
“Let me also take this opportunity to ask the National Beach Soccer Committee to work extra hard to rope in alot more sponsors, we need to have similar leagues in all the regions,” added Mwenda.
Mwenda however pledged maximum support from Fam towards the development of beach soccer a sport he said is growing fast, stronger and is becoming more popular.
On his part, Mwachande said he was happy that the dream of CRBSC has finally turned into reality.
“When we announced at first that we will have a league, people thought it was a joke but now the dream has turned into reality and I am so happy with the development.” said Mwachande.
“What we want is to ensure that beach soccer is growing to greater heights and this can be achieved if we invest into the youth,” added Mwachande.
As one way of ensuring that the sport is growing from the grassroot, Mwchande through his Mangochi Investments has introduced a primary school beach soccer league that will roll into action soon.
About eight primary schools around Salima Districts are expected to participate and the league is pegged at K200,000.
“We want to make sure that beach soccer starts from grassroot so as Mangochi Investments, we have pumped in K200,000 into primary school beach soccer league. We believe this will also serve our children from indulging themselves in imoral behavior like drinking beer and smoking,” he said.
In a ceremonial match marking the launch of the primary school league Sengabay Primary school beat All Angels Primary school 2-0.
In the Sand Festival CR football league, Livingstonia beat AC Pub 6-5 while Area 30 beat Fatsani 5-2.
Munali lost to Parachute 2-6 and finally MRA lost to Friends of Lumbadzi 4-5.
AREA 30 police Headquarters Beach Soccer Team coach Naison Mlendo said the league symbolises that the sport is growing and that it will encourage beach soccer teams.
The winner of the Sand Festival Beach Soccer League will cut home K300,000 while the second and third finalists will receive K250,000 and K150,000 respectively.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :