By Chisomo Phiri
Veteran footballers Fischer Kondowe (Anong’a) and Joseph’Shakira’ Kamwendo have underscored the need for stakeholders in the country to seriously invest in rural football talent to improve performance of the local league and national team.
Speaking during a Ngunga football league final between Malaya United and Mbingwa Football Club in Balaka on Sunday, Kondowe said the country has serious football talent that is being wasted in rural areas, but needs to be unearthed.
“We have so young talented football players in rural areas but they fail to make it to the National team or big clubs because they lack exposure. Let us now join hands and uplift these local talented players for them to be recognized,” said Kondowe.
The duo identified five players at the match that fit in their Mighty Mukuru Wanderers and FCB Nyasa Big Bullets Reserves.
In the match Mbingwa United outclassed Malaya United 2-1, walking away with K380 000 cash prize as champions, while Malaya United pocketed K280,000 for being runners-up, with founder of Ngunga Football League, Idrissa Ngunga promising for more sports sponsorships.
The league was organized to unearthraw talents among the youth at grassroot level in the district.