By Vinjeru Betera Mkandawire……….
Mzuzu based side MK academy have been crowned champions of the 2022 Northern Region First Capital Bank under 20 champions at Mzuzu stadium.
Mk academy defeated Mighty Rumphi Wanderers 4-2 on pelnaties after it ended in a barren draw in regulation time.
After the match coach for Mighty Rumphi Wanderers Komani Ng’ona blamed fatigue on his boys as one of the reasons they have failed to clinch the title.
“We played a game against Chicago FC of which we won And we were just given 30 minutes to relax And get back into the field to play the finals And my boys didn’t even have time to eat” he Said
His counterpart Khumbo Sibale praised his boys for the guarante fight to clinch the title but also blamed the setup of the tournament as they played many games in space of few days.
“I thank my boys for the fight because we have played alot of games within a small period of time but we have managed to play flat out And win the cup but I would like to ask the organisers to revise the format as these are kids And they need alot of time to rest And recover before playing another match” he lamented
Representing the National Youth football association Vice general secretary Wasauka Nyirenda thanked the northern region committee for the wonderful tournament And also assured the teams that FCB has committed to continue with the sponsorship.
“I would like to thank the Northern Regional Youth Football Association for a Job well in executing a successful competition And I would also like to assure the teams that FCB is committed to continue sponsoring the league next year” he Said
The regional body Vice chairman Maneno Mwambinga Said that he is Happy that they have had a successful tournament And that they expect their representative will do well at the national tournament.
On their part, the sponsors of the tournament represented by the Retail Development Executive Peter Mumbuwa Said that they are Happy everything went well as planned And they are Happy that they are part of the development of sports in the land.
“We are Happy that we have concluded this years regional competition and we expecting that they will More entertainment when we will be crowning the national champions in kasungu next week And we are Happy that we are able to develop players who are playing in the super league And also nationals teams which makes us happy that our effort is not going in vain” he concluded
As it is MK academy will represent Northern Region at the 2022 FCB under 20 national championship to be from 3 December at Kasungu stadium in Kasungu District.