Women football to rake in more from Presidential Cup

With the change of format, the Presidential Cup for football — from which only top Super League clubs were benefitting more — will now see women football profiting more as a huge chunk of the MK60 million goes towards its competition.

The women football cup

The Presidential Women Football Cup will still run from the old format to start from the 15 districts across the country with the district champions joining seeded teams for the regional championship and the regional champions will square it up in the national championship.

District champions will get K100,000 and runners up: K30,000 with the top scorer receiving K10,000 while Regional champions will walk away with K500,000, runners-up K200,000 and top scorer K20,000.

National champions shall get K2 million, runners-up K750,000 with each of the losing semifinalists getting K250,000 while the top score will go home with K50,000.

The new format for the Presidential Cup has been changed and turned into a development programme to be competed for at grassroots level by regions.

Under the new format, the competition, which is an initiative of the former Head of State, the late Bingu wa Mutharika and launched in 2008 in order to develop the beautiful game, will only be competed for by Under-17 League, district champions, capacity development programme, beach soccer and women football.

In the Presidential Under-17 League, it will be played in the nine districts that have National Youth Committees, namely Karonga, Mzuzu, Nkhata Bay, Lilongwe. Mchinji, Dedza, Blantyre, Mangochi and Zomba and the winners in each district will go home with K200,000, runner-up K175,000, third place K75,000, fair play teams K50,000, top goal scorer K20,000 and player of the tournament: K20,000.

The Presidential District Championship is for all 29 districts to be played on round robbing format in zones and knock out in at district level with the aim of establishing a reliable competitive spirit leading to the formation of a district select to participate in the FISD Challenge Cup.

The prize money is K300,000 and the champions, runners-up K150,000 and top goal scorer K30,000.

For the Beach Soccer Cup, ti will be played from its old format with teams competing on knockout basis in four zones — Karonga, Chintheche, Salima and Mangochi. The tournament will be used to identify the participants of the Fam Cup with two top teams in each zone making it to the national competition to be played later in the year.

Prize money is K250,000 for winners, runners-up K150,000 and top goal scorer K30,000.

Big Bullets are the last champions to claim honours of the Presidential Cup from the point of view of the top flight TNM Super League football clubs.

The first champions were Mighty Wanderers in 2009, followed by Civo in 2010 while Wanderers reclaimed in 2011.

Wanderers’ arch rivalsBig Bullets clinched it in 2012 with Mafco engraving their name on the trophy in 2013.

There was a break of two years from 2014 due to some logistics and it resurfaced in 2016 — mostly as a cover up after Standard Bank withdrew the prestigious Knock-Out Challenge Cup in February, 2016.

Fam secured a five-year sponsorship deal with Foundation for Irrigation and Sustainable Development (FISD) for a tournament that replaced the Standard Bank Knock-Out Cup and that’s why the Presidential Cup becomes developmental.

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