Southern Region Football League Select were crowned champions of the inaugural FAM Rough Diamonds tournament after emerging top in the four-team event held at the Bing National stadium over the weekend.
SR beat Central Region Football League Select 5-2 in the deciding match on Sunday afternoon to finish top of the log standings after a round robin competition with five points.
On Saturday they drew 1-1 and 2-2 with Under League 20 select and Northern Region Football League Select respectively.
CR Finished second with four points just a point above second placed Under 20 Select while NR finished bottom with 2 points. The tournament featured best players from the four leagues and is aimed at exposing Malawi’s hidden talent.
FAM Technical Director John Kaputa said the tournament achieved its objectives as a number of unknown players got noticed. “ The players put a good show and we put in place a Technical study group that included National team coach RVG and his backroom stuff to analyze all the six games.
“ The Group will produce a report and top young talented players will be considered for national teams,” said Kaputa.
All Results Saturday 9th February 2019
CR Select 5 (Foster Phiri 2, Tinkhani Nyirenda,Owen Kalibwanji,Raymond Denis) NR 1 (Matias Masisi)
SR 1 ( Robdon Chirwa) Under 20 1 ( Dave Msukwa)
SR Select 2(Andrew Hassan and Emmanuel Lino) NR Select 2 (Steve Madimba and Alick Nyakamera)
Sunday Results 10th February 2019
CR Select 1 (Tinkhani Nyirenda) U20 1 (Isaac Masambelo )
NR Select 0 U 20 0
CR Select 2 (Tinkhani Nyirenda 2) SR Select (Yotamu Maunde 3; Walusungu Mpata and Stain Pendame
TOP SCORERS 4 Goals -Tinkhani Nyirenda (CR Select) 3 Goals Yotamu Maunde ( SR Select) 2 Goals Foster Phiri (CR Select)