After seven years of asking, Ntopwa Super Boyz have finally qualified for the FMB Under-20 National finals after emerging regional champions at Chiwembe Stadium on Saturday.
During the regional finals that attracted champions from Zomba, Red Lions, and Mangochi champions, Mbudye Academy, Ntopwa won two games to book their national ticket.
In the first game during the round-robin, Mtopwa beat Red Lions Youth 1-0 through Mphatso Magaleta’s goal.
In the second game, Ntopwa beat Mbudye Academy 3-2. Mark Mathew scored a brace and Magaleta was also on target.
Wilson Jumbe of Mbudye also scored a brace but it was not enough to stop 10-man Ntopwa from progressing.
In a second-place play-off, Mbudye beat Red Lions Youth 1-0 with a goal from Arnold Kadzuwa.
Ntopwa’s Coach, Enos Chatama, said he was delighted to inspire the side to their first ever national finals.
“I came here to share the knowledge I have acquired. Last season the team was on position nine, but this year we have won the Blantyre District and Regional championship to qualify for the national finals,” he said.
Mbudye’s Coach, Alfred Kabichi, blamed his team’s loss on poor officiation.
“The referees were poor otherwise we could have done better,” he said.
FMB’s Head of Marketing, Sylvia Mataka, said they were excited with the progress of the competition since it started seven years ago.
Blantyre City Mayor, Noel Chalamanda, was the guest of honour during the game.
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