By Sellaphine Banda
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has pleaded with well-wishers to sponsor women football in the country saying the sport is failing to progress due to lack of sponsorship.
FAM’s Competitions and Communications Director Gomezgani Zakazaka said in an interview Friday that women football is still developing in the country and needs support from all relevant stakeholders including government.
“We need to come together and support women football so that the sport can develop. We also need to motivate girls by patronizing their games,” Zakazaka said.
He further said organizations, especially those that fight for women cause, should use women football games as a vehicle for promoting their campaigns.
“Those organizations that fight for women and girl child rights should come and partner us in the development of the women football.
“In doing so, they can also have better platforms of getting their audience,” Zakazaka said.
He added that FAM is promoting women football using its own funds by, among others, sponsoring women national football team.
“As FAM we have been promoting women football at grassroots level in primary schools across the country.
“We are also sponsoring regional leagues in all the three regions to the tune of K5 million per region,” Zakazaka said.
Commenting on the matter, DD Sunshine Football Club head coach Andrew Chikhosi said a lot needs to be done to develop the standards of women football in the country.
“Lack of sponsorship is the major problem facing women football. Women’s football league is not all that competitive as compared to men’s league.
“Had it been that it had sponsorship like that of men’s football, Malawi women football could have produced many Tabithas,” Chikhosi said.
Tabitha Chawinga is Malawi’s top women football export now plying her trade in China where she was recently voted player of the year, 2018.
Since the development of women football started in the country years ago, Malawi national team has participated twice in the Cosafa Cup tournament in South Africa last year and Zimbabwe in 2017.