Malawian-born British woman is making arrangements to form an Under-20 select side from five teams that participated in her bonanza at Chifira FP School ground in Nkhata Bay District last week.
The teams are Kasungu’s Chisomo Academy, hosts Home Sweepers, Power Bank City of Blantyre, Salima’s Mikuju Youngsters and Mzuzu-based police side Bull United.
Chisomo won the bonanza after a 5-1 thrashing of Home Sweepers in an exciting final.
The champions cruised to the final after a 1-0 win over Bull United while Home Sweepers sailed through courtesy of a 5-1 thrashing of Power Bank.
The woman, Danass Chirwa Maddison, said she was working on organising matches for the select side against youth teams for TNM Super League sides.
“I come from a football-loving family and I want to help young footballers realise their dreams. I want them to make it big in football. I have seen a lot of talent in this tournament and I believe giving them a chance to play against Super League youth teams will help them gain exposure,” Chirwa Maddison said.
She said a similar tournament would take place at the same venue for two days in August.
Nkhata Bay Youth Football Committee Chairperson Chancy Harawa commended Chirwa Maddison for the initiative.
“We have many talented players in our district who lack exposure. We need more of such tournaments to unearth more talent. We have seen for ourselves how hungry our young players are to participate in competitions.
“This is an initiative which fits perfectly into our football development plans. We are working hard to bring more partners into the game. Sponsorship of competitions is a very important component of our game,” Harawa said.
Chirwa Maddison engaged the services of former Nyasa Big Bullets coach Rodgers Yasini and TN Stars Assistant Coach Honest Nkhwazi, who handled technical aspects of the bonanza.