Rivals Blantyre Zero and Ntopwa Super Queens earned resounding semi-final victories in the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) Southern Region Women Football Cup on Sunday to set up a final clash this weekend.
Zero, the region’s defending champions, thrashed Zomba-based Prison Sisters 9-0 while Ntopwa beat Dreams United 2-0.
Enelesio Mhango tore apart the Sisters’ defence to notch seven goals before Ruth Tambala and Lyna James came in with their strikes.
In the other semi-final, Vanessa Chikupila was Ntopwa’s heroine after scoring a brace.
Nevertheless, Zero and Ntopwa’s clash in the regional final will be more of a battle for pride rather than qualification for the October 17 national finals as both made it by virtue of being the region’s best two outfits.
According to Southern Region Women Football Committee (SRWFC) fixtures secretary Wilson Ndelemani, as the Centre and North will be ushering in only their respective champions into the national finals, the South has been privileged to have both the champions and runners-up for being this year’s hosts.
Nevertheless, Zero and Ntopwa have each vowed to leave no stone unturned to emerge triumphant this weekend.
“Our eyes are set on winning both the regional and the national titles. We will do our best to beat Ntopwa in the regional finals,” said Zero’s coach Maggie Chombo-Sadiki.
But Ntopwa manager and owner Jomo Osman said they will do anything possible to prevent Zero from defending the regional glory and win their first women football title.