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FMB pledges more support to youth football

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FMB Under-20 Youth Football League sponsors, FMB, have pledged continued support to the league in order to develop more players that would contribute to elite football in the future.

The bank recently doubled sponsorship of the league, reaching a milestone K20 million for the 2015 season in which Dedza Police Youth were crowned national champions after defeating Mangochi Police Youth 3-2 in the final last weekend.

FMB’s head of marketing, Sylvia Mataka, said they decided to increase the sponsorship package as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations this year.

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Mataka gave an assurance that the Under-20 League would be back in 2016, but she did not disclose the sponsorship package.

“We want to come back stronger next year. We will disclose the package during the launch of next season’s league. We are pleased with the talent this league has produced. For instance, we added the districts of Mangochi, Karonga and Mchinji in 2015 and we have seen a lot of talent from these districts. A team from Mangochi even reached the final at the national stage. This is very encouraging,” she said.

National Youth Football Association chairperson, Mabvuto Missi, hailed FMB for its continued support in youth football development over the years.

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“We started with one district about six years ago, now we have nine districts. It is tremendous progress. We have developed a lot of players and most of them are playing in the Super League and others abroad. We are also proud that some of our products are in the national team setup,” he said.

Some of the current national team players that were discovered through the FMB League are Isaac Kaliati, Levison Maganizo, Ernest Tambe, Gerald Phiri Junior, Chawanangwa Kaonga, Dalitso Sailesi, Brighton Munthali and Miracle Gabeya.

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