The National Women Football Committee (NWFC) will on Friday conduct a draw for the finals of the Fifa/FAM Cup Under-20 National Championship at Nankhaka ground in Lilongwe on Saturday.
Matindi Girls Academy from the centre, Blantyre Zero from the South and Moyale Sisters from the North have made it to the finals.
In an interview yesterday, NWFC vice-general secretary Carol Phiri, who is responsible for the fixtures, said the draw will take place at 1pm.
“It is important that we make it formal and conduct the draw in a transparent manner. The games will be played in a round-robin format starting from 8am,” said Phiri.
The winners will receive K1 million whereas runners-up will get K750 000 (about $1 875). The third-best team will receive K500 000 (about $1 250).
Phiri cited age-cheating as one of the challenges encountered during the three-month tournament.
“When the tournament was being played at district level, there were a lot of cases of age-cheating we had to deal with. We did not hesitate to punish the teams involved. Our strictness helped to stop the practice at that level,” said Phiri.
The Fifa/FAM Cup, which has been introduced this year, has complemented the Peter Arthur Mutharika League which is played in all the regions of the country.
“We are thankful to FAM for this project. The tournament has kept girls in shape and it has been an ideal forum for identifying national team players,” said NWFC executive member Winnie Nyondo.