Vultures circle on FMB U-20 League


Following Malawi Under-17 National Football Team’s bronze success at the recent Cosafa Youth Championship in Mauritius, scouts for top domestic teams are gracing FMB Under-20 games.

The junior Flames drew most of their players, such as Peter Banda, from the FMB League, hence the interest of Super League and Premier Division teams’ officials.

Griffin Saenda Jnr, who owns and coaches Griffin Young Stars, confirmed the increased presence of the scouts.


“It is rare to see officials and coaches from Super League and Premier Division teams watching our games. But since the junior Flames finished third, some of those officials have taken keen interest in our games,” he said.

Saenda has since cautioned his FMB League counterparts to exercise caution with the ‘vultures’.

“We need to safeguard this talent. We need to thoroughly develop players. Furthermore, we must be on guard because some of the officials might dupe us,” he said.


Maggie Chombo-Sadiki of Maggie Chombo Academy also shared similar remarks.

“If the junior Flames had not won the bronze medal, I don’t think such officials would have been coming to appreciate the talent and our efforts,” she said.

National Youth Football Association Vice-General Secretary, Chimango Munthali, said it was clear that the FMB League was crucial to the development of football in the country.

“This is the nursery for the Flames. We need to promote this league,” he said.

Recently, FMB Head of Marketing, Sylvia Mataka, said they support the junior league to nurture players for the senior national football team.

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