Battle lines drawn in Fam Women’s Championship
The 2022 Fam National Women’s Championship group stages roll into life with potential exciting fixtures this weekend.
The pick of the opening week is the Group A match involving defending champions FCB Nyasa Bullets Women and Destiny Academy (now MDF Lionesses) at Mpira Stadium this afternoon.
On paper, Bullets are favourites to carry the day but Lionesses are not pushovers at this stage.
They have built a formidable squad comprising experienced and young players.
For Bullets Women, they would want to prove a point that last year’s success was not a flash in the pan.
Coach Maggie Chombo Sadik said her troops are treading carefully ahead of the fixture.
“This is a difficult match. But we are well prepared and ready to start our title defence on a high,” she said.
Chombo-Sadik will likely rely on captain Emily Jossam, Zainab Kapanda and Mary Chavinda.
Lionesses Coach Yohane Fulaye said they are ready to pull a shocker in women’s football.
“We know that they will come hard on us. Our target is to get maximum points against Bullets Women,” Fulaye said.
Lionesses will rely on Patricia Nyirenda, Sabina Thom and Asimenye Simwaka.
Action in Group B will also start today as Moyale Barracks host Ascent Academy at Mzuzu Stadium. Ascent will be hoping to build on their impressive performance at regional phase in which they won their maiden title without a loss.
Last year’s runners-up DD Sunshine (now Silver Strikers Ladies FC) will face Topik at Civo Stadium tomorrow whereas Ntopwa host Evirom on the same day.
Ten teams are participating in this year’s competition at the national phase. There are two groups comprising five teams each.
The group stages will be concluded on April 23 with the top two teams from each group advancing to the semifinals.
Group A winners will face runners up of Group B whereas Group B winners will meet Group A runners up.
All the 10 teams will receive K1 million as subvention.
The semi-finalists will pocket another K1 million.