Malawi women’s national football team captain Tabitha Chawinga has asked Malawi government through the ministry of sports youth and culture to initiate a national league for women’s football if the sport is to develop in the country.
The former DD Sunshine player who has excelled in the ladders of the game and plays for a Chinese women’s super league side Jiangsu Suning made the remarks after receiving her awards as sports woman of the year and sports personality of the year 2019 at the Malawi national council of sports awards gala.
“The country has a lot of talent in women’s football that can do better in top leagues in Europe and Asia but they just lack exposure and competition. For this I appeal to the government of Malawi to put up a national super league for the sport in the country to keep our girls active and bring competition among them,” said Chawinga.
Responding to Tabitha’s remarks, minister of sports, youth and culture, Francis Phiso said,
“The football association of Malawi (FAM) has the development of women’s football at heart and they told us of their wish to start a national super league. As the government we need to talk with them and see how we can help for it to start,” Phiso said.
Currently women’s football teams in the country only compete at regional level apart from the presidential cup which give room to regional winners to compete at national level with DD Sunshine being the powerhouse of central region. Moyale sisters dominate in the northern region while Ntopwa super queens and Blantyre Zero battle for supremancy in the southern region.