Ntopwa Super Queens celebrate their qualification into the Southern Region finals of Presidential Women Football Championships by having luxurious camp training at Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi.
Ntopwa Super Queens face Blantyre Zero at Chiwembe in Blantyre this Sunday.
This is the first time the Bangwe-based side has reached this far in domestic competitions since 2009 and this has pleased their sponsor and manager Isaac â€˜Jomoâ€™ Osman, who has showered a four-day camping for his girls ahead of the regional finals.
The â€˜Royalsâ€™ enjoyed a verve of form that helped them oust favourites Zomba City Queens 3-2 on post-match penalties during the regional quarter-finals recently before shocking Evirom Sisters with a 3-1 whacking in the semis last weekend.
“I would like to reward my girls for making me proud,” said Osman. “This is just the start and more goodies will follow if they manage to beat Blantyre Zero during the regional finals.”
According to Ntopwa Queensâ€™ coach Thom Kazembe, the camp training, which will let the team enjoy life at the luxurious lodge until Sunday morning, will motivate their players before the finals to kick off at 2.30pm.
But Blantyre Zero coach Abel Mkandawire and senior player Maggie Chombo-Sadick, whose team are the defending champions, have said they will not have special training ahead of the crucial match.
“For us, a normal training will do. However, this does not mean we are being lazy in our preparations or we are underestimating the strength of our opponents. If they have reached this stage, it means they are strong enough to challenge the title,” Chombo-Sadick said.
Southern Region Women Football Committee chairperson Catherine Chikandula said the champions will qualify for the national finals aside from winning a trophy and K300 000 (about $1 200) prize. On individual accolades, top goalscorer and best player will each get K10 000 (about $40).
Meanwhile, Zeroâ€™s Monica Chapweteka is the leading goalscorer with 15 goals.