National Women’s Football Association (NWFA) has announced plans to engage Super League of Malawi (Sulom) on a proposal to have women’s football matches curtain-raising TNM Super League games.
NWFA is expected to stage the 2021-22 Fam National Women’s Championship from March 19, the same day the 2022 TNM Super League season will kick off.
However, the association is yet to confirm venues for some of the championship’s games.
NWFA Chairperson Suzgo Ngwira said they believe curtain-raising Super League matches would help increase the competition.
“It is an indisputable fact that Super League matches are far ahead of us in terms of popularity. We want to take advantage of fans’ love for the Super League to market our games.
“We want our teams to have their games at the same venues as TNM Super League teams. Our aim is to ensure that our game catches up with the men’s. We want to see fans flocking to match venues to watch women’s football,” Ngwira said.
Sulom General Secretary Williams Banda said they would wait for official communication from the women’s body.
“It is difficult for me to competently comment on this matter before getting official communication. It is after getting such communication that we will be in a position to see how we can help in developing women’s football in the country,” Banda said.
While waiting for Sulom’s response on the matter, NWFA has already released a Group A fixture involving Blantyre Zero and Ntopwa, proposing that it curtain-raises the opening Blantyre derby of the 2022 season between Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Wanderers at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on March 19.
NWFA is yet to confirm the venue of the Group B match between DD Sunshine and Bangwe Super Queens which is scheduled to take place in Lilongwe on the same day.
The Fam National Women’s Championship will run for two months.