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FootballCenter for the Development of People (CEDEP), under the COC and Planet Romeo Projects, organized a two day football tournament for its Peer Educators across Malawi. The tournament took place from the 17th to 18th of December, 2018, was held at the African Bible College (ABC) Sports Complex in Lilongwe, Malawi. The event was patronized by participants from the Northern, Southern, Central and Eastern regions of Malawi, more specifically; Mzuzu, Blantyre, Mangochi and Lilongwe.

The Senior Programmes Manager for CEDEP, Mr. Rodney Chalera, opened the tournament with heartfelt and encouraging words; reminding the players that they gathered together, because they are from the same community and face similar challenges. He further emphasized the importance of coming together as a community to fight the more prevalent negative issues, such as HIV/AIDS and alcohol abuse that affect them all—directly or indirectly.

The first game on 17th December was between Lilongwe and Mangochi teams in the morning. Lilongwe team won the game with 8 goals whilst Mangochi 0. In the afternoon of the same day, Mzuzu team played with Blantyre team. Both teams played excellently, with the game remaining scoreless for quite some time. By the end of the match, the Blantyre team had scored one goal against its opponent, while the Mzuzu team had scored two goals—giving them the win. The semi-finals were between Mangochi and Blantyre and the finals were between Mzuzu and Lilongwe on the next day.

The first game that took place between Mangochi and Blantyre saw Blantyre winning the third position match with a score of four to nil. Then came the match everyone had been anticipating, the finals that would determine the winning team of the entire tournament—Mzuzu versus Lilongwe. Tensions were high; adrenaline was in the air; and both teams played with much vigor. So much so that by the time the referee had blown the whistle to signal the end of the game, the teams were tied, having a score of one each. This led to a penalty round which had everyone sitting on edge, waiting to see who would come out the ultimate champion. After much expectation, and a thrilling penalty round, the Lilongwe team came out victorious, and were crowned the champions.

The Winning TeamThe team in fourth place, Mangochi, walked away with MK 50,000.00, a trophy, and medals for their well put effort. Additionally, the ‘man of the match’ came from the Mangochi team, and was awarded MK 20,000.00 for her skill. In third place was the Blantyre team, which received MK 100,000.00, a trophy and medals for the skillfulness that they had showcased during the tournament. The team that bagged itself second place, Mzuzu, left with MK 200,000.00, medals, and a trophy as their congratulatory gift. And lastly, the champions of the tournament, Lilongwe, left with MK 300,000.00, a trophy and medals. In addition, the top scorer who won the golden boot award worthy MK 20, 000.00, came from Lilongwe team.

When interviewed, the captain of the winning team, Lilongwe said, “We trained and waited for long time for this tournament. We did not wants another team to win the tournament because the games were played in Lilongwe and we wanted the trophy to stay in Lilongwe as well. Female soccer is very exciting and it is my plea to CEDEP and Donors to continue funding and organizing these kind of activities.” The Golden Boot winner also acknowledged the organizers of the tournament and extended her gratitude to her team members because on her own she could not have win the award. She further said, “Football is on the ground and not just shouting, show the skills and everything is possible.”

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