By George Mponda
Dedza, Mana: Dedza Young Soccer Football Club (FC) has promised to fight for their return into the country’s elite TNM Super League.
The Team was dramatically relegated from the TNM Super League during the 2015-16 has promised to utilize the new Chipiku Premier League format to ensure their promotion.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana), Dedza Young Soccer Technical Director, Hassan ‘Awemba’ Phiri said the fact that they would be using their home ground for the first phase of the games would increase their chances of advancing through the next rounds.
“We have been put in Zone D together with, Dedza Dynamos, Kawinga Football Club and Ntcheu Strikers but all games will be played at Dedza stadium which is our home ground,” he said.
“We have been preparing for the commencement of the league and we have played several friendly games which have helped us know the shape of the team as you know the players had stayed for a long time without playing and now we are ready to start the battle for promotion,” he added.
Phiri called on all football lovers in Dedza to rally behind their team and support them throughout the games although only a few fans will be allowed into the stadium due to the Covid-19 guidelines.
A Dedza football fan, Aubrey Mwalemba said his expectation that one of the teams from the district would be promoted.
“Both Dedza Young Soccer and Dedza Dynamos have good squads and if they utilize the home ground advantage, one of them will surely make it all the way and bring back TNM Super League games at Dedza Stadium,” he said.
The 2020-21 Chipiku Premier League season is expected to kick off this weekend with teams split into zones.
Zone A will use Silver stadium and has Silver strikers reserves, Luanar FC, Chitedze strikers and Mitundu strikers. Zone B will use Civo stadium and Contains Ekas Wanderers, Green rangers Kamuzu Barracks Youth and Mtsiriza United.
In Zone C they will use Mchinji Community Ground and the teams are Extreme FC, Simbi FC, St Gabriel Medicals and Mchinji Boma stars.
In Zone D, Dedza Young Soccer FC, Dynamos FC, Kawinga FC and Ntcheu Strikers will be using Dedza Stadium.
In Zone E, Wimbe United, Ascent Academy, Dwangwa United and Kasungu Police will battle out at Kasungu Stadium and lastly Zone F which has Airborne Rangers, Support Battalion, Mbavi United and Ngolowindo FC will play at Salima Community ground.