St Louis High School officials gracing the game

By Horace Tebulo

DEDZA-(MaraviPost)-Dedza District Football Association says it has intensified checks to ensure that teams participating in the MK3 million St Louis High School Dedza District Football League are adhering to discipline.

Its General Secretary Chiku Watson Babu disclosed this over the weekend during the 2022-2023 season launch at St Joseph’s Teacher Training College ground in Dedza.

“We are pleased that our sponsors are back this year. As a committee, we have put in place stiff penalties to teams that do not adhere to our regulations so that we maintain the sponsorship,” says Babu.

Dedza District Commissioner Emmanuel Bambe welcomes continuity of the sponsorship saying it is playing an integral role in youth empowerment.

“Grassroots sports is a backbone of sports development in every country. We really commend what St Louis High School is doing in the district as it is among others empowering our youths and avoiding them from indulging in immoral activities,” says Bambe.

He revealed that plans are in the pipeline for the council to engage stakeholders to consider supporting other sports disciplines.

“We understand that we have several other sports disciplines in the district which remain sidelined. The council through the District Sports Office will soon be engaging our partners to help us pump in resources to netball, cricket, women’s football and other sports disciplines,” he adds.

In his remarks, St Louis High School Deputy Headteacher Estone Mtambalika says the school is impressed with the partnership with the district governing body hence increasing the league to a tune of 3 million Kwacha from 2 million Kwacha last year.

Mtambalika adds the move is part of the school vision to share proceeds with neighbors.

“We believe in Corporate Social Responsibility. We feel the need to share whatever we have with our neighbors hence the need to come back with the sponsorship and increase the sponsorship to 3 million Kwacha,” says Mtambalika.

He added that the school expects a violent free season, a development he believes is possible if the committee, teams and other structures join forces.

A total of 16 teams from the district are expected to take part in the league.

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