National Women’s Football Association (NWFA) has appealed to the corporate world to invest resources in the game.
NWFA Chairperson Suzgo Ngwira made the appeal at the end of the 2021 Fam Women’s National Championship at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe on Sunday.
“We appeal to the companies to open their doors and support women’s football. The only way to develop the sport is to invest more resources,” Ngwira said.
Ngwira said the tournament achieved its target.
“We used the tournament to assess the teams and see if they are ready for the national league. I am happy that the teams have showed that they are ready for it and we will introduce the league soon,” she said.
The national football governing body, Fam, sponsored the 2021 women’s National Championship.
Nine teams took part in the competition.
Each of the nine teams pocketed K1 million before the start of the group stages whereas the semifinalists got K1 million each.
At the end of the competition, Blantyre Zero were crowned champions after beating DD Sunshine 3-1 in an entertaining final.
Mary Chabvinda netted a brace for Zero, with the other goal coming from Limbikani Chikupira from the penalty spot whereas Gladys Banda scored the consolation goal for Sunshine.
Skippers finished third after beating Ascent Soccer 2-1 at the same venue. For being champions, Zero got K3 million whereas Sunshine pocketed K1.5million.
Skippers received K750,000 whereas Ascent got K500,000.
Sports analyst Sherry Msuku said women’s football deserves good support from the corporate world.
“The game is growing and there is a need to support it. The national league will help expose more players,” Msuku said.
Malawi Women’s National Football Team, the Scorchers, will take part in the 2022 Cosafa Cup slated for South Africa in September.
Last year, Malawi reached the final of the competition for the first time but lost 1-0 to Tanzania.