By George Mponda
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has engaged four primary schools from Dedza for it to identify young women’s football players.
During the tournament which FAM conducted at Dedza Stadium, young girls aged six to 13 from four schools of Dedza Catholic, Dedza Government, Dedza Local Education Authority (LEA) and Kapalamula primary schools turned out to play.
Speaking in an interview, FAM’s Technical Director Captain John Kaputa said the programme, which is funded by FIFA, is being conducted across the country to identify young girls with potential to become good players.
“This is what we call grassroot football tournament and usually more than 300 players converge and play in teams of five where 32 teams will compete with each other until we find the winning school team.
“You might recall our women’s football team, She Flames, played in the Olympic 2020 qualifiers but we lost to Kenya, so our aim is we do not want to leave a huge gap with that team.
“That is why we are in the process of identifying players who will represent us in the future,” Kaputa said.
He said they want to identify 10, 000 girls with potential from 100 schools in Malawi some of whom will be enrolled in one school where they can closely be monitored.
Kaputa said negotiations are already underway with the Ministry of Education.
Speaking in a separate interview, Eless Malikebu, a pupil from Dedza LEA School hailed FAM for bringing the tournament and involving them in women’s football.
“I have always wanted to reach levels of girls like Temwa and Tabitha [Chawinga] and it is my hope that I will be selected today.
“However, we lack sporting equipment in our schools like, boots, which we can use when playing,” she said.-MANA