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Fam to discuss youth teams inclusion in elite competitions

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Jabbar Alide

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) first vice president Justice Jabbar Alide has said the association will discuss whether it is necessary to ban reserve teams from taking part in national competitions.

Alide made the remarks after Nyasa Big Bullets main team defeated their reserve side 3-1 to lift the FDH Bank Cup at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.

“We are fully aware that the issue has attracted debate among the soccer lovers. We will discuss to see how best to deal with the matter with sober minds. Today we saw very good football from both teams,” he said.

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However, Fam Commercial and Marketing Director Limbani Matola was of the view that the current arrangement should be continued as it gives a platform to youth teams to shine at big stage.

“Since the beginning of the FDH Bank Cup, it starts from districts at regional level before reaching the national level. The format also gives youth teams a chance to showcase talent like what we saw through Bullets Reserves. I believe the juniors have Marketed themselves,” he said.

Bullets Reserves defeated Super League sides Blue Eagles, Red Lions and Mighty Tigers before reaching the final.

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About 74 teams participated in this year’s competition.

In 1997, Bullets main team also beat their reserve side 4-1 to win the defunct Press Cup.

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