Southern Region women football giants, Blantyre Zero, have qualified for the Fifa-Fam Cup national finals after edging Ntopwa Super Queens 1-0 in the regional final on Sunday at Chiwembe Ground in Blantyre.
Mary Chavinda was the hero for Blantyre Zero after scoring the winner late in the second half when the match seemed destined for a penalty shoot-out.
Blantyre Zero, who received K400,000 for being the region’s best, join champions from the Central and Northern regions for the national finals, whose date is yet to be announced. Ntopwa received K200,000.
Dreams United defeated Prison United 1-0 in a third place play-off to get K100,000.
In individual awards, Blantyre Zero’s Enelessio Mhango won the top scorer award after scoring 12. Ntopwa player Salaiva January was voted Player-of-the Tournament and she received K20,000.
Southern Region Women’s Football Committee (SRWFC) general secretary, Immaculate Chiwaya, branded the tournament a success.
“We are pleased with the talent we have seen this year. National team coaches have had a chance to look at the players that could contribute to the national team. We are also happy that we did not have cases of violence like it was in the previous editions,” she said.
The competition’s format was changed this year from an Under-20 competition to accommodate players of all ages because of lack of women’s football leagues in the country.
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