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By Sozo Kaperemera
Dreaming in colour! National Women Football Committee (NWFC) has revealed an ambitious plan of rolling into action a national women’s football league in the country shortly.
The move, according to NWFC, aims at raising the bar of the country female soccer up so as to make it competitive on the international showpiece.
NWFC’s top dog, Silveria Chalira revealed the blue print in an interview with EM recently. She observed that for the game to be amongst the world’s elite, there is need to form a national league in the country so that those teams become competitive and at the same time developing the game.
“It’s high time we came up with a national league which will help improve the standard of the game because if the teams only play in one region, they will feel that they are good but if they face other teams from other regions that’s when they will improve and they will learn from each other when they play in a league,” said Chalira
Chalira added that her body was also considering introducing coaching courses which will help the teams to be more advanced in their standards of play.
“We want to start a coaching course for women football coaches so they can be instilled with more knowledge of the game as it looks like experience is also the one thing betraying the women teams from not being competitive at national levels,” she said.
Concurring with Chalira, one avid pundit of the local game, George Chiusiwa, said it was high time such a league was introduced citing that other African nations have already implemented this development.
“It’s a good idea because it will enhance competition in the game as on regional level there is no stiff completion but if they have a national league, the teams will improve in their standards of play as well as developing the game in the country.” Praised Chiusiwa.
Chiusiwa also called on regional committees in the southern and northern regions to replicate what their colleagues in the central are doing in the running of the game.
“Central region women football committee is very organized that is why their teams are always on top so these other regions should also borrow a leaf from them in order to achieve the same feat.” he said.
Recently Malawi women football icon Tabitha Chawinga was named 2018 player of the year in her debut season for Jiangsu Suning in China where she was also the top goal scorer with 17 goals ahead of the highest paid player in the league, Brazilian Cristiane Rozeira de Souza Silva and 2017 African Women Footballer of the year Assisat Oshoala from Nigeria.
The she-flames are ranked 144 in the world and 22 in Africa.