With less than 8 days to go before the Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Annual General Meeting (AGM) where new office bearers will be elected, one of the presidential candidates Willy Yabwanya Phiri has launched his manifesto.
Speaking during the ceremony on Friday at Crossroads hotel in Lilongwe, Yabwanya Phiri said time has come for Malawian football to become a force to reckon with.
He gave an example of neighbors Zambia who won the 2012 African Cup of Nations saying Malawi is capable of doing the same only if the administrators are able to run football in a professional way.
The Karonga United sponsor said if the country’s football is to develop, grassroots football should be the first step towards achieving this goal.
“The success of any national team or its clubs depends on the production of talented youth players coming through the ranks hence I will re-introduce under 10, 12, 15, 16, 17 and 18 to 23 development throughout Malawi,” said Yabwanya Phiri.
He said his administration will achieve this with the help of a former Arsenal youth development coach and Australian football federation coaches who will be invited into the country to train local coaches.
He also added that his administration will introduce district coaching coordinators for player scouting.
“It will be a must for them to identify talented players and develop them into specific programs. This will be championed by coaching coordinators.
“There will also be school leagues which will be providing opportunities to play at a grassroots level in all the 28 districts,” he continued.
He also promised all the nine affiliated associations to the country’s football association that he will increase subvention funds.
“Most affiliates are failing to execute their programs and develop the game because of financial constraints and poor funding. As such, my administration will increase the annual funding from the current K150,000 to K1 million.
“It is time to change ways of developing football in this country and my administration is ready to do that,” he said.
Yabwanya Phiri will battle it out against current Fam president Walter Nyamilandu and Wilkins Mijiga on 12 December at Nkopola lodge.
The incumbent is set to launch his manifesto on Saturday at the same venue.