DD Sunshine were yesterday crowned champions of the Presidential Women’s Cup after coming from behind to beat fierce rivals and defending champions Skippers FC at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.
Enelesio Mhango opened the scoring for DD with a volley from outside the box just inside the first minute of the game, then Skippers’ Love Nyakamera equalised in the 12th minute, and in the 57th minute Benadetter Nyanga scored a solo goal to make it 2-1 for Skippers.
The lead for Skippers lasted in the 70th minute where Gladys Banda scored to make it 2-2, and scored again in the dying minutes to win it for DD.
This is their second trophy they have won in succession over a period of less than four months under the nose of their rivals after winning the Central Region FAM League.
Speaking in post-match interview, DD coach, Andrew ‘Aluki‘ Chikhosi, said the game was tough, but a half time break talk motivated his girls to work hard.
“All thanks to those who fund and support DD Sunshine, and also the president for giving us the opportunity to compete for the trophy.
“We can call the team [Skippers] as our sisters, they were born out of our team, so each time we are playing them my girls play with a certain game fever which brings fear whenever we are playing them because they are young, since the ones who are now at Skippers left as seniors. So in the second half I talked to the girls to be calm and focused as they are shaping up their future in the sport,” Chikhosi said.
Runners-up Skippers FC coach, Collins Pofera, thinks his girls relaxed when they were leading by 2 goals to 1 in the first half a thing which hampered them.
He said: “What I can say is that the game was 50-50. It was a tough game. They started scoring and we equalised, and we scored again to make it 2-1, but after that my girls relaxed thinking they had put the game to bed. If the girls had given all they could we could have won the game.
“They are a good side, but when they meet us they struggle because we are equally good. But since we were all good sides, one team had to win, and they did so. What I can advise them is to keep on working hard.”
Meanwhile, when asked of the progress of girls in the sport, he said the development of the girls is being affected by the bad behavior many girls are involving themselves in.
“The girls should refrain from bad things which they copy from boys, for example at off-seasons they do all sorts of bad things which can hamper their career, like drinking beer and smoking. So I feel if they can avoid that we will have a good national team,” Pofera reacted.
The semifinals which resulted into a final match between the Central Region teams were played on Saturday, where Skippers defeated Northern Region champions CY Sisters, while Southern Region Champions Ntopwa FC were thrashed by 4 goals to nil by the champions.