China-based women’s football star Tabitha Chawinga has organised a K1.2 million women’s football bonanza in Mzuzu to be sponsored by her business firm TC 11 Investments.
In an interview from her Wuhan base yesterday, the Malawi National Women’s Football Team captain said the two-day bonanza will be played during the weekend of December 18 to 19 at Mzuzu Stadium.
She said the mini tournament is aimed at boosting women’s football in Mzuzu.
Said the 25-year-old women’s football star: “Apart from the FAM regional leagues, there are no other sponsored women’a football tournaments.
“So, TC 11 Investments is coming in a small way to motivate the players.
“The national team has shown tremendous improvement in the recent past culminating in the Scorchers qualification for Cosafa Women’s Championship and women’s football needs support to develop further.
“The money we are putting in is little, but at least the girls will have fun and something to fight for over two days.”
The Wuhan forward said K700 000 will go towards prizes while K500 000 will be channelled towards logistics.
National Women’s Football Association chairperson Suzgo Ngwira hailed Chawinga for the bonanza.
“It shows the passion she has for the sport and that should be the spirit. We hope others will emulate her gesture,” she said.
The top three teams will receive prizes. There will also be prizes for outstanding players.
Eight teams, namely CY Sisters, Moyale Sisters, Topik Sisters, MK Academy, Ekwendeni Sisters, Gafu Sisters and Sanwecka Sisters will take part in the event.