Ten-man Griffin Young Stars went on top of the Blantyre District FMB Under-20 Football League table after thrashing rivals Uwe Kicks 5-0 at Chilomoni Stadium on Saturday.
The game marked the official rebranding of the league, which is now called FMB DC’s Trophy, with the aim of attracting more teams.
During the game, Griffin were dealt an early blow after Chipanzo Phiri was red-carded for a foul but under-20 national football team starlet Peter Banda, Wongani Kamanga, Paul Phiri, Alick Lungu and Livity Chabwera rescued the situation by scoring.
Griffin have 23 points from nine games whereas Uwe are on second position with 20 points from the same number of games.
Despite having a numerical advantage, Uwe failed to launch serious attacks.
Griffin Coach, Griffin Saenda Junior, said his charges responded well after going a man down.
“I felt our player was fouled but the referee misjudged it. After the incident, we changed our formation and the boys followed instructions perfectly,” he said.
Uwe Coach, Frank Mayideni, said it was a tough game but they were not disappointed by the loss as their focus was on grooming players.
Blantyre District Commissioner Bennet Nkasala, speaking during the launch, said it was an honour to be involved in football development.
“Through this tournament, we will be able to reach out to teams in rural areas so that they can join the league,” he said.
FMB Head of Transactional Banking, Ewen Hiwa, said the restructuring of the league would help the junior league to gain more mileage.
“As you know, we started off with three districts and now we have grown to 14 districts. We have increased our sponsorship to K30 million so as to make a huge impact in the development of the league. The current change will allow stakeholders to work together so as to promote the league,” he said.
National Youth Football Association Committee member, Dan Makiyi, said they hope to scout for more players.
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