Modern Private Secondary School of Thyolo won the Shire Highlands Education Division (Shed) Copa Coca-Cola football championship to qualify for the national finals.
Modern beat Australian Private Secondary School of Phalombe 4-1. Thandi Chitseko, Chimwemwe Kamwana, Lameck Banda and Shadrech Sipuni scored for Modern while Lisile Vito pulled one back for Australian.
The match ended prematurely as Australian walked out of the pitch protesting that their opponents used non-school going players.
Â Later on Modern came from behind to beat Luchenza Secondary School from Thyolo 2-1.
Frazer Alexander gave Luchenza an early lead before two second half goals from Kamwana and Sipuni won the championship for Modern.
Â In another game, Australian beat Luchenza 5-0. Player of the tournament Dan Makina scored the tournamentâ€™s only hat-trick with Aubrey Mankhumba and Dyson Nazigamba scoring a goal each.
â€œWe are very happy to win this trophy and qualify for the finals. We worked very hard to reach this far and it has always been our dream to go and play against great teams from across the country,â€ said Modern captain Kamwana.
Modern received K30 000 , Australian got K20 000 while Luchenza pocketed K15 000.
Â Initially, the tournament was supposed to be a four-team event but for unexplained reasons Chiradzulu Secondary School did not turn up.
Mulanje district commissioner Jack Nguluwe, who was the guest of honour, said he was impressed with the levels of competition.
â€œI have no doubt that some players from the winning school will get attention from Super League teams at the national finals,â€ he said.
Â Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa) vice-treasurer Chrispin Nyasulu spotted six players, whom he said will be recommended to FAM for Under-17 national soccer team consideration.
â€œI think Kamwana and Dalitso Loti from Modern, Makina, Aubrey Makhanga and Chrispin Banda from Australian and Luchenzaâ€™s Alexander did well and should try their luck with the Under-17 national team,â€ said Nyasulu.