Businessperson Justice Katika aims to use the fifth edition of the K2.5 million (about $3 500) Mchinji Boys Football and Netball Trophy in Bangwe, Blantyre to build a strong select side that will represent the township in the Super League within the next three years.
Katika made the daring statement ahead of the launching ceremony of this year’s trophy at Desert Ground in Bangwe Township this Sunday.
“We have been producing talents for Super League teams for a long time, but now we want to build our own team that will rise through the ranks and become a formidable force in the top-flight league,” Katika said.
He said the Bangwe Select team will compete in the Master Security Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) Division One League next season and will be supported to earn Super League promotion.
According to Frank Maiden, who is involved in organising several tournaments in Bangwe, the township has a legacy of producing football gems.
The current Super League has players such as Isaac Kaliati, Yamikani Chester, Patrick Thupi , Gregory Nachipo, Dalitso Sailesi and Henry Kabichi.
“Katika’s idea is great because once we get our own team in the Super League, we will no longer lose our talent and the town will get the respect it deserves,” Maiden said. n