Super League players have appealed to individuals and corporate world to come forward and support Under-14 football leagues for the betterment of Flames future.
The players, Blessing Tembo of Silver Strikers, Asedi Ayam of Airborne Rangers, Bright Phiri of Epac and Mavuto Chipolopolo of Civo said this in Lilongwe recently when they were invited as guests at the finals of a three-day Union Building Contractors Christmas Under-14 and Under-20 bonanzas.
The finals played at Chilinde Primary School ground were graced by Ishmael Thindwa, who plays professional soccer in Zimbabwe at Caps United.
The players—who hailed Union Building Contractors for sponsoring the bonanza—said the future of national teams rest in supporting grass roots soccer.
“Under-14 is a foundation of soccer everywhere but we seem to ignore it. If we kill football at this stage then our national team will continue to suffer, “said Tembo.
Concurring with Tembo, Asedi Ayam said: “We have watched skills and good football from young players. They have showed us that they have potential and it’s for us to help nurture the talent.”
Sponsors, Kim Kamau of Union Building Contractors assured the community of continued support.
Kamau, who is also from Matindi FM sports desk, said the company will come up with a K300 000 Easter Bonanza in April.
In the Under-14 category, Villa FC emerged champions after beating Troopers 5-4 in a penalty shoot out after a barren 90 minutes.
In the Under 20, Troopers FC trounced Black Rangers 4-0 to win the championship.