TNM Super League giants, Be Forward Wanderers, look set to have a taste of Indian football after being invited to the Asian country’s Chief Minister’s Cup in June.
Wanderers General Secretary, Mike Butao, Sunday said they alerted Super League of Malawi (Sulom) about the cup that has K17 million (US$25,000) at stake for the champion. The cup is scheduled to run from June 24 to July 3.
“I am in constant touch with Austin Jay-Jay Okocha, who informed me that he has contributed a team to the competition, and he helped facilitate the rest. The invitation is for a squad of 18 and everything is fully paid for. The competition is good for the exposure of our players as there will be hundreds of scouts,” Butao said.
However, the trip is subject to the nod of local football authorities such as Sulom, which has not released a full fixture yet.
Sulom General Secretary, Williams Banda, said yesterday the Nomads might be allowed to travel to India if the dates of the cup do not collide with Malawi football calendar.
In a letter dated April 22 2016, Organising Committee Chairperson, H. Chandrashekar, said the invitation of Wanderers was part of centenary celebrations of Mysore University (Karnataka, India).
Chandrashekar works for Sports and Culture Association, which is recognised by India Government.
“The aim and purpose of conducting this football tournament is to provide a platform to young enthusiastic footballers and to encourage the spirit of competition to enable sporting teams around the world to come together and learn from each other,” Chandrashekar wrote to Wanderers Chairperson, George Chamangwana.
Indian football is on the rise with top teams attracting players from countries such as Brazil.
India is ranked 162 on the current Fifa ranking whereas Malawi is rated 107.
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