If what Football Association of Malawi (FAM) presidential candidates said on Saturday night about their plans for women football development is anything to go by, then women footballers should brace themselves for a brighter future.
During the FAM presidential aspirants debate organised by Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) at Bingu International Conference Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe, incumbent president Walter Nyamilandu, Wilkins Mijiga and Willy Yabwanya Phiri said the country’s women football will not be the same again.
According to Nyamilandu, 25 percent of Flames’ sponsorship,will be allocated to women national football team.
“Once re-elected, I will make sure that from any sponsorship to the Flames, 25 percent will go to women football team starting from the next budget. We have women football leagues, but I will fight hard to get corporate sponsorship.
“We will also re-enter international competitions by participating in Cosafa tournaments and the Africa Women’s Championship and we shall thrive to promote women’s football by modelling it on the best practices of netball through partnering with Netball Association of Malawi (NAM),” said the incumbent FAM boss.
Mijiga said he will formulate a strategic plan that will comprise the setting up of a number of women football competitions.
“Introduction of such initiatives will be easy for me since I am already well connected with the corporate world as a marketer. I will do anything possible to make sure the field is levelled for women football development,” he said.
But Yabwanya claimed that he will create a women premier league similar to the TNM Super League and introduce the first-ever women soccer academy in the country.
“We need to take care of our women. I believe women football can put Malawi on world map if we invest much in it. The fact that our own Tabitha Chawinga can score 40 goals in a season in Sweden is enough proof there is great future for our girls. I will form a top women’s league similar to the Super League,” Phiri said.
National Women Football Committee (NWFC) chairperson Severia Chalira could not be reached for comment yesterday. n