Football Association of Malawi’s (Fam) top official has said the Central Region’s dominant representation in the TNM Super League should be a wake-up call to other regions.
Fam Second Vice President, Othaniel Hara, said this on Friday during prize presentation of the 2017 Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) Simama Premier Division.
Hara made a mockery of NRFA, which, he said, claims to have produced most national team players, yet its representation in the Super League remains low.
“Imagine the Central Region will have eight teams in the 2018 Super League, yet you say the region is home to most national team players. But why are you failing to sustain your teams in the top-flight league?” Hara wondered.
He, therefore, unveiled plans to organise a competition for all top-four teams in the division so as to help Karonga identify talent and beef up their squad.
“We do not want whipping boys anymore [in the Super League],” the Fam official added.
NRFA Chairperson, Lameck Khonje, said his association envies the CRFA, and said he would like to learn from them.
During the event, Karonga United were officially crowned champions, and they received a trophy and K1.2 million grand prize.
Runners up Chilumba Barracks got K600, 000, while Bolero United and Rumphi Pirates received K300, 000 and K150, 000 for finishing on third and fourth places, respectively. Lura FC of Rumphi were voted the most disciplined team.
The division’s top goal scorer, Tonic Viyuyu, who scored 20 goals for Rumphi Pirates, received K40, 000.
In media awards, Yohane Chideya of Times Group was voted best reporter in print category with Allan Nyirenda of Voice of Livingstonia as the best in Radio.
Alex Mwangosi of Malawi Broadcasting Corporation and Lyson Zgambo of Malawi24, emerged the best in television and online categories, respectively.
In the 2018 Super League season, the Central Region will be represented by Masters Security, Silver Strikers, Kamuzu Barracks, Civi l Sporting Club, Mafco, Blue Eagles, Dwangwa United and TN Stars.
From the Super League, the Northern Region will have Moyale Barracks, Mzuni FC and Karonga while the Southern Region has Nyasa Big Bullets, Be Forward Wanderers, Red Lions, Azam Tigers and Nchalo United.
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