Joyce Banda Foundation (JBF) and Namalimwe secondary schools underscored their supremacy in the South West Education Division (Swed) finals of the Airtel Rising Star competition at Chiwembe ground on Saturday by winning the boys and girls football titles, respectively.
Â However, Chikhwawa Secondary School seemed to be the most determined outfit on the day as both their boys and girls teams reached the finals where they lost 2-0 to JBF and 4-1 to Namalimwe, respectively.
According to Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa) treasurer general Christopher Kabwazi, JBF and Namalimwe will represent Swed at the zonal finals at Chiwembe ground this weekend.
At the zone finals, they will fight for slots in the national finals against winners from the Shire Highlands Education Division (SHED) and the South East Education Division (Seed).
Kabwazi said at the national finals, champions from Zone A will fight for the national titles against winners from the Zone B, which includes teams from the Northern Education Division (NED), Central East Education Division (Ceed) and Central West Education Division (Cwed). The Zone-B finals will take place at Kasungu ground this weekend.
â€œThe competition is getting hotter by each passing week. We urge all the teams that have won divisional titles to fight hard for places in the national finals,â€ he said.
During the Swed finals at Chiwembe last weekend, Nsanje, Chikhwawa, Mwanza, Blantyre Rural and Blantyre Urban had representatives while teams from Neno failed to turn up due to transport problems.