- To Court Malawian Players in Diaspora
- To Standardize Wages
The country’s FA has outlined a number of ambitious reforms aimed at improving the football sector in the long run.
FAM Secretary General Alfred Gunda in a statement released at the end of the FA’s executive committee meeting held in Mangochi this week.
Among others, FAM says it will search and implore on footballing talent with Malawian roots abroad to consider playing for the different national teams back at home.
“FAM will put in place a deliberate effort to search and approach football players of Malawian descent in diaspora and engage them to consider play for the various Malawian National Football Teams,” said Gunda.
He said the football governing body will consider courting Henri Kumwenda, who is on the books of Leeds United Academy in England.
Kumwenda is reportedly doing well with a possibility of moving on to Liverpool.
Malawians of all age brackets have been signed to play for bigger teams abroad.
For example, Madonna’s adopted son David Banda is now with Benfica in Portugal, Themba and Yewo Nyirenda are enlisted at Nottingham Forrest teams.
Youngster Jeremy Wisten at Man City under 17 and nine-year-old Theophilus Chimpango in the under-nine team.
These examples illustrate an opportunity the decision to reach out may have on the country’s football development if pursued well.
The move has been hailed as a positive step towards diversifying talent in the country’s national football teams.
During its first executive committee meeting on Wednesday, said Gunda, officials also agreed to work on improving earnings of players in the country.
“We have also resolved to make mandatory minimum wage for Super League players in line with the Malawi government guidelines,” said Gunda.
He said the committee has resolved to adopt the minimum wage through Club Licensing starting from the 2020 Football Season.
The FA also agreed to maintain K 1 million surety for teams interested in playing in the Super League amid resistance from clubs to increase the amount to K 3 million.
Gunda also said the Mangochi meeting also agreed that the Club Licensing Regulations be reviewed to include mandatory player medical scheme and coaches qualifications provisions.
“This will greatly assist in our quest to professionalize the game in the country,” he said.
Meanwhile, the FA has resolved to approve the Flames for non-residential training sessions as proposed by coach Meke Mwase.
Flames is currently in the off-season but will bounce back soon to start preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers group stages whose draw will be conducted on Monday 20th January, 2020.
Gunda added that as a way of bolstering a solid foundation in the country’s footballing sector, government and FAM have agreed to fast-track the process of recruiting mentors.
“The Malawi Government and FAM will advertise the positions of the Men’s Under 17 and Men’s Under 20 National coaches by end of January,” said Gunda.