Pilot phase of Fifa-funded Under-15 football league— the first and only of its kind in Africa— has gathered momentum in Central and Southern regions with 34 teams involved and 32 young referees learning the ropes.
In the first phase of the project, Salima select top the 11-member Central Region stream of the league with 26 points from 13 games, one ahead of second-place Dedza, who have 25 points from 12 games.
Dowa anchor the table with seven points from 11 games. In the South Eastern Region, Mangochi lead the standings with 22 points from seven games, five in front of Zomba Urban.
However, the league’s official, James Sangala, said the table might change as they are yet to decide on a dispute between Nkhotakota and Dowa’s game, which ended prematurely.
“The game was at 0-0 in the dying minutes when the referee awarded a penalty to the home team, Nkhotakota, and Dowa protested against the decision. The game did not proceed,” Sangala explained during the week.
Fifa Technical Development Officer, Govinden Thondoo, who visited the country last week, said the second phase of the league might start in October, but there was need for the authorities to support the initiative especially on the provision of transport for youngsters.
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