Silver Strikers Youth beat Dedza Young Soccer 2-0 to win the 2018 First Capital Bank Under-20 League title, their second after 2016.
The young Bankers coach Dave Moya described the victory as special as they did not have seven key players who are with the Under-20 national team in Zambia.
Mesmerising forward Ronald Pangani, who also occasionally plays for Silver’s main team, scored both goals to secure the K1.5 million winner’s purse.
“It was a tough journey but we thank God because he has made our dream to come true. Winning it for the second time makes it a more memorable moment for the boys,” he said.
Moya’s Dedza counterpart Andrew Bunya said he was disappointed with the loss but vowed to push for the title next season.
Meanwhile, First Capital Bank brand manager Brian Mungomo Junior said they will continue sponsoring the national tournament which they have been sponsoring for the past 11 years.
“We are impressed with the organisation and the talent that is being nurtured in this competition. It is our plan to come back next year, probably in a more exciting way,” he said.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) vice-president James Mwenda thanked the bank, formerly called FMB, for their support towards youth football.
“These players are the future of the national team and indeed the future of football in general. We, therefore, appreciate the commitment from First Capital Bank in improving football at grassroots level,” he said.
Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development director of administration Timpunza Mwansambo said First Capital Bank’s investment in football should inspire the corporate sector to invest in sports.
“This initiative is worth emulating. It is an investment that is making football vibrant as it is nurturing players for the present as well as the future,” he said.