Government of Malawi has lauded Football Association of Malawi (FAM) for coming up with a four-team regional select tournament composed of the countries three regional selects and First Capital Bank under-20 National League Reserves.
The championship, whose champions are the Southern Region Football League Select headed by Leo Mpulura, was inaugurated at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe over the weekend, and the southern region team defeated Central Region Football League Select by 5 goals to 2 to lift the trophy.
The tournament acted as an opportunity for up-and-coming footballers to get their capabilities known to the National team coaches and some other top teams in the country.
According to an article by a local Newspaper, the Director of Sports in the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, Jameson Ndalama, said: “We have seen for ourselves that there are talented footballers all over Malawi. All we need is to get things right when it comes to selecting players for our national teams. Otherwise, the initiative is a great idea as it exposes players who would not have been noticed because they play in lower leagues.”
On the way forward, FAM’s Technical Director, John Kaputa, said: “We will keep names and contacts of players who have shown potential at this competition. We will be looking at ways of helping them to improve and prepare them for our national team.”
The article also indicated that the tournament would be taking place at the end of every season to ensure that all players with the potential to feature for national teams are given a chance.