By Mphatso Malidadi
First Capital Bank has announced plans to continue supporting the Katswiri Under-20 Football League following the impact of the developmental competition.
The bank’s head of marketing Twikale Chirwa said this at Kasungu Stadium during national finals of the 2022 season.
“We are impressed with the impact of the league. We are always happy to see this league producing players for national teams, both senior and junior teams.
“Most Super League teams also sign players from this league. Additionally, some of the league’s products, including Peter Banda and Gerald Phiri Jnr, are playing for top foreign teams. We will continue supporting this league because it helps stakeholders tap talent from districts to the national level,” he said.
However, Chirwa while reaffirming the bank’s future support, could not be drawn to disclose whether FCB will increase the sponsorship package.
He also hailed the National Youth Football Association (NYFA) for administering the competition professionally with guidance from Football Association of Malawi (Fam).
FCB pumped K30 million into this year’s competition.
NYFA Chairperson Tiyenkhu Chavula hailed the bank for bankrolling the league for 13 years.
“We are making strides in youth football because of their support. We will continue running the league professionally. We will not relax but make suitable improvements to impress our sponsors,” he said.
Fam First Vice-President Jabber Alide said FCB was a key partner in the development of youth football.
“The league is the catchment area for national teams as well as Super League clubs,” he said.
During the national finals, Silver Strikers Youth ended their six-year wait for the title as they were crowned champions following a deserved 2-0 win over hosts Chigwere 11.
Adriel Kaduya scored a first half brace to inspire Silver Youth to victory.