Maggie Chombo Academy FC are leading the standings in the FMB Under-20 Youth Football League in Blantyre after eight weeks of action.
The Machinjiri-based side, being coached by owner, Maggie Chombo-Sadick, has amassed 22 points from eight games, registering an impressive haul of seven wins and drawing once against Suya Pirates.
This is a tremendous improvement for the team that finished sixth last season.
Reigning champions Griffin Youngstars, who started the new season on a low note, have managed to recapture their rhythm in their quest to retain the title and are second on the table with 20 points from eight games as well.
The Naperi-based outfit, who have played at the national finals on two occasions, have collected full points from six wins and dropped points after drawing against Davis Reserve and newcomers Ndirande Stars.
Just like leaders Maggie Chombo Academy FC, Griffin Youngstars are also yet to taste defeat.
Uwe Kicks, formerly Comfrab FC, are also in contention for the title as they occupy third position with 19 points also from eight games.
Fixtures Secretary for the Southern Region Youth Football Committee, Joseph Dambo-Semu, has told The Daily Times that it is too early to speculate on who will win the championship because all the teams are performing well.
“This season is exciting and there is stiff competition. You can imagine the current leaders (Maggie Chombo Academy) finished sixth last season, but they have stayed on top of the standings for four weeks now.
“That is a clear indication that the title race is open to any team because the likes of Griffin Youngstars are also in contention and we have been impressed with newcomers such as Future Stars, Northern Stars and Ndirande Stars, who are eager to end the dominance of perennial participants,” said Dambo-Semu.
Meanwhile, eight games have been lined up for this weekend as action goes into its ninth week.
On Saturday, Uwe Kicks host Northern Stars, Yizo-Yizo Warriors face Griffin Youngstars,
and Ntopwa Super Boys play Kangaroo Academy whilst Future Stars takes on Ndirande Stars.
Four more games will be played on Sunday at the league’s traditional home Blantyre Youth Centre and the day opens with a match between Suya Pirates and Machinjiri United.
In other games, Davis Reserve dates Chitawira Rangers, CAS Pirates takes on Mighty Wanderers Youth before the day’s final match involving Zem United and Maggie Chombo Academy.
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