By Robert Kumwenda (correspondent)
Lack of proper infrastructure is said to be a major factor that is hindering the growth of Malawi football at grassroots level.
General Secretary (GS) for Southern Region Football Association (SRFA), Dyles Kachala told Malawi Sports in interview.
He said the country is lacking grounds of good standards saying that if nothing will be done there is no way football can improve in this country.
“The corporate World should at least come in to help us because football has now become a career unlike in the past where people were just playing for fun,” he said.
The SFRA GS further said the most interesting thing is that most people in the corporate World have passion in football and they come to watch the games but they do not have interest to sponsor it.
Kachala said football at the grassroots, is the main feeder and a nursery for players in the super league, citing Hangover United which was booted out in the quarter finals of this year’s Carlsberg Cup competition, which he says it shows that there is really potential for football at the grassroots.
“The other problem is that most teams are sponsored by individuals this makes it difficult for them to provide the necessary resources that are needed by the teams,” he said.
He said so far the Chitetezo Mbaula league which is being sponsored by United for Purpose, under the banner of Chitetezo Mbaula is the best league ns the Southern Region.
There are twenty two teams in the League and twenty seven teams in Division one.
So far in the league, Ntopwa United is on position one followed by Enos Chatama’s Nyasa Big Bullets Reserve and Cobbe Barracks on third place.
Whereas in Division one, Neno Medicals is on number one followed by Siso United on number two and Sable Farming on number three.
The league is being sponsored to a tune of k11.5 million.