Ndirande Stars on Saturday made a historic qualification into the national finals of the First Capital Bank (FCB) Under-20 Football League following their success during the Southern Region play-offs at the Chilomoni Stadium in Blantyre.
The Blantyre-based outfit topped the three-team round robin play-offs to join Northern Region champions Sanwecka FC (Mzuzu), Central Region winners Soccer City (Dedza) and hosts Mathambi FC for the two-day national finals scheduled for this Friday and Saturday at Mulanje Park.
Enroute to Southern Region glory, Stars drew one-all against Disciples FC (Zomba) before beating Inondo FC (Mangochi) 3-2 in a thrilling see-saw affair to top the table with four points, a point ahead of Inondo, who found solace in beating Desciples FC 3-1.
“It feels great to have made our first qualification for the national finals. It is a dream come true for us. Now our focus is on winning the national finals,” said Ndirande Stars coach Louis Makandanji.
Inondo coach Luka Maunde said it was a painful to miss a chance of representing the region at national level for the umpteenth time.
Southern Region Youth Football Association (SRYFA) chairperson Duncan Jumbe described the play-offs as competitive which makes them confident that their ambassadors will do well at the national finals.
FCB brand manager Brian Mungomo said they are happy that the K35 million competition continues to provide a platform for nurturing the country’s football talent.