In an all systems go fashion, Liwonde CDSS on Saturday beat Malosa Secondary School 1-0 to qualify for the Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa) Copa Coca-Cola national championship.
The thrilling match took place at Police College ground in Zomba in the South East Education Division (Seed) finals. Liwonde will represent Seed at the national finals slated for Zomba Community Centre ground in two weeksâ€™ time.
Speaking before prize presentation, Massa Seed chairperson James Sawerengera thanked the sponsors Carlsberg Malawi Limited for their continued support of the competition.
“You have been with us for the past 40 years, but we are not taking that for granted. Your sponsorship has helped to identify talent from the grass roots which can be evidenced by some of the national team players today,” said Sawerengera.
He, therefore, requested the sponsors to consider revising the prizes to cushion effects of the recent devaluation of the kwacha.
“We humbly ask for an increase in sponsorship, which should also trickle down to the district level to enhance competition,” he said.
Carlsberg Malawi Limited representative Joseph Longwe hailed the organising committee for its transparency in the running of the competition at division level.
“Let me also commend the participating teams for their good behaviour throughout the games. I, therefore, congratulate the winning team from Liwonde, but for the losing team, I say next time be well prepared,” said Longwe.
The champions received K30 000 (about $120) whereas the runners-up pocketed K20 000 (about $80). Third-placed team Zomba Urban CDSS received K15 000 (about $60) while Phalula CDSS got K12 000 (about $48) for coming fourth.