Malawi National Council of Sports is mulling over introducing a category for youth participation in next edition of the Presidential Cup.
Sports Council board member Khrishna Achutan said this at the national draw for the last 16 of the Presidential Cup Thursday morning at Mpira Village at Chiwembe.
“The youth are the future of the game,” said Achutan, who was guest of honour and conducted the draw together with Super League of Malawi vice-president Daud Suleman.
“The Presidential Cup is aimed at helping the country unearth talent as it allows players from the rural and remote areas to be exposed and poached for elite performance.
“We are considering to include a youth category but let me emphasize that it’s just a suggestion. We will see how events will develop [because] the Cup created a platform for all players to showcase what they have; learn what they don’t know; and improve on what they are falling short in terms of skill and technical know-how of the game,” Achutan said.
He cited some of the players who are now gracing the elite stage of the country’s football such as Aiko Maluwa, Muhammad Sulumba, Dalitso Sailesi, Yamikani Fodya, Micium Mhone among others, who were unearthed following their participation in the Presidential Cup.
He thanked Football Association of Malawi (Fam) for administering and organising the competition professionally since it was launched on 12th March, 2006.
“Since the competition started, we have only heard about success stories. The matches have been peaceful with no acts of violence and hooliganism and we believe the same will continue as the competition enters the crucial title deciding stages.
During the draw, arch rivals Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Be Forward Wanderers avoided each other for the Round of 16.
Wanderers will be at home against fellow TNM Super League side Red Lions while Nyasa Bullets date the third round winners between Silver Strikers against winners of second round winners between Blue Eagles v Dwangwa Town Hammers.
At the first draw, the winners in match 15 were drawn against winners match 16 to determine the 6th team to represent the Central Region.
Silver won the 15th match while Blue Eagles were meeting and Dwangwa Town Hammers on Thursday.
Another TNM Super League encounter will be Mafco at home against Azam Tigers.
Moyale Barracks are at home against winners between Master Security v Civo, who played on Thursday.
Epac will be at home against non-leaguers Dululu while Dwangwa United will face Rumphi Pirates.
TNM Super League side Wizards FC meet winners between Max Bullets and Hard Knockers while Kabwafu will meet winnersFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :