By Pemphero Malimba:
Former Nyasa Big Bullets and Civo United player Emmanuel Zoya has spoken of the need to closely monitor young players and provide them with necessary support.
He made the remarks on after presiding over the prize presentation ceremony of the Dedza South West Under-17 league at Lobi ground in Dedza District.
“We need to support players in all angles of life. It is possible for a player to continue with education while still playing football. We should join hands in nurturing their behaviour so that they become responsible citizens.
“They should also plan for life after football so that they do not become destitute after their playing days. For them to have a great future, they need to be well supported, starting from a tender age. They must also work hard to reach greater heights in football,” Zoya said.
Njonja Youth lifted the title and went away with a trophy and money amounting to K40,000 while Chiphe Ma Young and Lobi Youth received K20,000 and K15,000 for claiming the second and third slots, respectively.
Njonja Coach Isaac Kathumba said he was happy that his side emerged champions.
“It feels great to win. All we have to do now is continue building a strong team to maintain our position,” Kathumba said.
The league’s general secretary Rhodrick Kataika bemoaned age cheating and urged teams to up their game.
“We are happy that the league has ended well despite facing cases of age cheating. Our teams should ensure that they are complying with measures aimed at eliminating such malpractices,” Kataika said.
12 teams participated in the league which commenced on April 10 2022.
Businessperson Emmanuel Mawindo bankrolled the league with K200,000.