By Donata Mpochera and Mayamiko Phiri
BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-The country’s Football association of Malawi (FAM) has launched MK60 million district football league.
The launching ceremony dubbed “Raising the game” took place at Mpira house in Blantyre on Thursday, March 26, 2020.
The Association will shifts its football growth agenda to masses in rural areas, organized in all 28 districts across the country.
During the unveiling, Nyamilandu said the leagues will help FAM put in place systematic football development structures to enable unearthing of talent from the rural areas.
“The leagues will fulfill our desire to raise the bar by putting more effort on the districts and regional football which act as feeder leagues to elite football.
“Our football has struggled to reach its full potential in the past as we spent more time and energy on the Elite Football and ignored the lower end,” Nyamilandu said.
Nyamilandu said: “But that changes as we now put in place a cross cutting agenda of bottom-up in order to develop raw talented players.
“The leagues will also help in capacity building for the local administrators and officials through their involvement in the organization and administration of the games. FAM is making the investment by ploughing back its gate revenue towards football development,” he added.
The president has since urged the Regional and Districts Football Associations to ensure the Leagues are professionally managed so that they achieve the intended purpose.
FAM Vice President and Chairperson for the Competitions and Marketing Committee, Justice Jabber Alide said the Leagues will be running in District Associations under the supervision of the three Regional Associations.
“The Leagues will be played on a two-legged round robin format, and shall run alongside the country’s main football calendar.
Each League will have a maximum number of 16 teams and minimum of eight teams.
“The Regional Associations will liaise with each District Association on the mode of identifying the 16 teams to play in the particular district. As Competitions Committee, we will work hand in hand with the Regional’s and District to ensure the Leagues are a success,” Alide said.
The Leagues, which are part of the Raising the Bar Vision, will roll out as soon as the once ongoing Coronavirus crisis settles down.