Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa) has hailed Blantyre City Council (BCC) for finally getting this year’s Mayor’s Trophy underway.
The competition, which usually commences in the last quarter of the year in line with the country’s education calendar, faced delays to kickoff due to financial challenges.
But support from First Merchant Bank and FDH Bank enabled the council to roll out the tournament in the last two weeks with a purse of K20 million.
Massa Blantyre Urban Chairperson, Ignazio Libwalo, said the competition has proved that it can help the country to produce some of the best players for the future.
Libwalo said, from what he had seen from the day of the competition’s launch, there will be stiff competition in this year’s event.
“Most of the players competing in the trophy are under the age of 14, which creates a good nursery for great players in future. We have seen players in football and netball teams playing like seniors in this competition.
“Maybe they realise that this is the right time to sharpen their skills for them to catch the attention of clubs that can take them on board. We can only encourage them to make hay while the sun is shining,” Libwalo said.
Massa and BCC also work hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Education in running the competition.
The ministry’s Desk Officer for Sports in Blantyre Urban District Education Manager’s office, Enock Zaluso, has also expressed satisfaction with the standards of play in this year’s competition.
“The trophy creates a good platform for students to relax after classes. They say all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. So, we are happy that the students are involved in an activity that will help to keep them fit and fresh for their studies,” Zaluso said.
Mayor’s Trophy is one of the country’s oldest competitions that have greatly contributed to the development of both football and netball.
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