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Suzgo Ngwira

Three TNM Super League teams have finalised arrangements to have women’s football teams in line with Confederation of African Football (Caf) requirements.

The teams are Civil Service United, Kamuzu Barracks (KB) and Blue Eagles.

Civil have finalised the process of taking over women’s football giants Skippers whereas KB have reached an agreement to acquire Destiny Academy Girls FC of Mponela in Dowa District.

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As for Eagles, the idea of incorporating an already existing team did not appear good enough, hence their decision to form one on their own.

The three teams have since registered their teams in the Central Region 2022 Fam Women’s Football League where they are competing in their colours.

Destiny founding director Kenneth Mumba said they finalised their agreement with KB on August 4.

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“I wish to inform you that Destiny Academy Girls FC has been taken by or sold to Kamuzu Barracks and will henceforth be called MDF Lionesses Women’s Football Club.

“The remaining fixtures that were for Destiny will be duly fulfilled by MDF Lionesses,” reads part of a letter that Destiny founding director Kenneth Mumba wrote to Central Region Women’s Football Committee.

The Lionesses have since beefed up their technical panel with former Mafco and Red Lions coach Yohane Fulaye.

The team has some Malawi Women’s National Football Team players such as Patricia Nyirenda, Asimenye Simwaka and Sabina Thom.

Civil General Secretary Ronald Chiwaula said they are almost done with the takeover process of Skippers.

“We are still in a transition process since this is the first time for us to own and run a women’s football team. Our aim is to develop sports at all levels,” Chiwaula said.

KB, Civil and Eagles join Nyasa Big Bullets and Moyale Barracks in owning women’s football teams.

National Women’s Football Association Chairperson Suzgo Ngwira commended the three teams for embracing women’s football.

“This is great news for women’s football and we are heading in the right direction as far as development of the game is concerned. The future of the game looks bright,” Ngwira said.

Caf announced last year that clubs participating in the Champions League and the Confederation Cup must have women’s football teams.

Football Association of Malawi Licensing and Compliance Manager Casper Jangale said the requirement will also apply to domestic football in the near future.

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