By Isaac Salima:
First Capital Bank (FCB) has announced the return of the FCB Under-20 National Youth Football League after last year’s absence due to the Covid pandemic.
Breaking the news in Blantyre Thursday, FCB Chief Executive Officer Jaco Viljoen said the league’s sponsorship amount will be maintained at K35 million.
“We are proud to have produced great players for Super League teams. These players have gone on to play for the national football team. The league provides fertile ground for friendly competition, talent scouting and exposure,” Viljoen said.
He expressed hope that continued observance of Covid preventive measures at all match venues would help in the success of the competition.
Football Association of Malawi President Walter Nyamilandu described the league’s return as great news to the football fraternity.
“The league has immensely contributed to the development of football in the country. This is so far the biggest league in terms of reach and participation. Football success at top level does not come on a silver platter as there is a need for serious investment at grassroots level. The success of a football nation is defined by the strength of its nursery,” Nyamilandu said.
The league kicks off this weekend with 167 teams from 14 districts in all regions of the country expected to take part.
The league will be competed for at district, regional and national levels with national champions set to receive K1.5 million, with runners up pocketing K1 million.
The developmental competition started in 2006.