The award ceremony for the just ended Central Region Women’s FAM League took place on Friday, 9 November, 2018. In which DD Sunshine has officially been crowned champions.
This year’s season was so special to as the winners had to be decided on the last day of the season, where DD Sunshine managed to beat defending Champions, Skippers FC, by 2 goals to nil.
Former Big Bullets player, Andrew Aluki Chikhosi, is the head coach for the champions who were presented with the trophy and K2 million, while second placed, Skippers FC were given K1 million, the third team, Chilinde Queens bagged home K500, 000 and Hungry Lions finished fourth and took home K250, 000.
Chikhosi (2nd L) receiving the trophy
Top goal scorer, Linda Kasenda (48 goals), who did not attend the ceremony because of some commitments, scooped K50, 000.
Kasenda who moved from the league winners to Skippers FC in 2013 is also the Chairperson for Lilongwe District Women Football Committee, expressed her gratitude for the award, and says she wants to see a positive change in women football as men’s in Malawi.
“Am so happy to have won the golden boot, I wasn’t expecting. And I think my hard work and support from the technical panel and also my fellow players have contributed to the award.
Kasenda taking on DDS player in final match
“My wish is to see women football improve in this country, as you know we only depend on FAM League and presidential cup. So, if there could be a chance of having many cup competitions as in men football I think it could be positive step in the development of our football,” she explained.
On media categories, young journalist, Praise Mike Majawa, from Galaxy FM was among the winners from the media category, and was given K30, 000 as the best electronic journalist.
Asked on his own perspective of how the season has been run, Majawa said it was great, except for some problems with the pitches.
Majawa in white t-shirt receiving his prize
“The competition was good despite some hiccups. Football venues are not in good condition, for instance Chilinde ground and Mtsinje ground, but all in all the tournament has created a platform for female footballers to showcase their talent,” the award winning journalist said.
The completion is sponsored by Malawi football mother body, Football Association of Malawi (FAM).
The League’s general Secretary, Frankie Kalilombe, described this year’s season as very competitive, and also says it went smoothly according to plans.
“The tournament was great and very competitive. Very competitive in the sense that last season it was Skippers who won it through a league decider and this season DD Sunshine has also done the same.”
“Another factor is that we have managed to finish the league as planned from start. All the games were played as scheduled due to good relationship we developed with the teams and referees following the preparatory meetings we had before kickoff.”
“We have also seen a new team Hungry Lions breaking through and finish on position four which is a paying rank. So all these sum up how competitive the League was,” he explained.
The six team tourney started in August and ended last month on 27 October, 2018.