By Duncan KAONGA
It was down to the wire at the Katoto secondary school ground in Mzuzu where crème de la crème in the country’s female soccer planet sort each other out during the presidential cup national finals on the 5th-6th August 2017.
Only four teams made it to the national finals and the battle commenced on Saturday where a place in the finals was at stake.
The first game on Saturday was a northern region affair between Moyale Sisters and Rumphi Queens which ended in a three nil win to the former.
In the other match, Blantyre Zero and eventual winners Skippers United from Lilongwe ended in a goalless stalemate and matters had to be sort via post match penalties. The Lilongwe-based side had the last laugh and set a date with Moyale Sisters the following day.
Come Sunday, a first half goal from Skippers United proved to be the only difference between the two teams and helped the visitors lift the most prestigious trophy in women’s football, locally.
And it was all smiles to the winning team. Skippers’ captain, Bridget Nkuzilire was on cloud nine upon their victory.
“I’m very happy with the victory and I thank all my team mates for the hard work and team spirit that we showed throughout the tournament,” she said.
The captain promised some glittering generalities in the future tournaments.
The colourful event was graced by Mzuzu city mayor; William Mkandawire, National Women’s football chair; Silvia Chalira, Second Vice President for FAM; Othaniel Hara and some Northern region football association officials.
Mkandawire said he was excited with the footballing displays on the pitch.
“Am happy with what I have seen today and as a city we will do something so as to find the sponsorship for women’s football as apart from the presidential cup, the clubs do have nothing to fight for,” said Mkandawire.
On her part, Chalira said the tournament was a success.
“The tournament in general was a success as we expected. Teams were really prepared for the tournament, as evidenced by the results.” Explained Chalira
By emerging victorious, Skippers united smiled to the bank with a cool 2 million kwacha cheque and a trophy, whilst their runners up, Moyale Sisters received 750 thousand Kwacha. Third and fourth places each received 250 thousand Kwacha.
Meanwhile, the women’s national team is expected to take part in the COSAFA tournament in September to be hosted by Zimbabwe.