Women’s football giants Blantyre Zero have lined up international friendly games in Zambia and Mozambique in a drive to extend their brand to neighbouring countries and give players international exposure.
The club’s communications officer Amin Mussa confirmed yesterday that the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) Southern Region Women’s Football League champions, who beat rivals Ntopwa Queens 2-1 in the final last week, are scheduled to embark on the journey after the national finals next month.
“We are in talks with Mozambican and Zambian teams for possible friendly matches during the off-season break. Our main target is to extend our brand and Malawi’s women’s football to the African continent,” he said.
Mussa said it is also their wish to play international cup competitions to expose their players and the international friendlies would be the starting point.
“We believe that some of our players have potential to attract interest from several foreign clubs once they are given the necessary international exposure through international friendlies and competitions,” he said.
Mussa further said they are targeting to export more players to contribute to the development of the game in the country; hence, they are appealing to the corporate world for partnerships.
One of club’s strikers Mary Chavinda, who won the Golden Boot Award with 34 goals during the just-ended FAM regional league, said she is happy that Zero have hatched such ambitious plans.
“These are great ideas that will not only benefit the club, but players as well. As you know, we mostly rely on national team engagements to gain international exposure, but only a few players from our club make it into the final national team squad,” she said.