‘Football players in Malawi lack physical fitness’

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James Mwenda

James Mwenda argues Malawian players need fitness.

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) Vice President James Mwenda says Malawian players lacks physical toughness which has greatly affected the performance of the Malawi National Football Team in various competitions.

Speaking during the closing ceremony of a five-day FIFA Physical Fitness training at Mpira Village in Chiwembe on Friday afternoon, Mwenda said Malawi concedes goals in the first minutes or the last minutes simply because players fail to withstand pressure exerted by the opponents.

“If Malawi fails to concede goals in the opening minutes, expect the team to concede in the dying minutes of the match. This is due to lack of physical toughness because our players cannot withstand pressure exerted by the opponents during the play.”

“This is simply because our crop of players are not physically fit as compared to our fellow countries.”

“This is the reason why FAM asked FIFA to have this course in Malawi as one way of equipping our physical trainers with new knowledge on how best they can play their role within their clubs because if the players from the clubs are weak, expect Flames to be affected too,” he said.

FIFA Physical Fitness participants

FIFA Physical Fitness participants pose for a group photograph at the closure of the training.

During the course, Scottish FIFA based Physical Fitness trainer Frank Nauttell gave coaches knowledge on how to develop the beautiful game of football by improving their techniques inside the field of play.

Oscar Kaunda, Eliya Kananji, Mabvuto Lungu, Peter Mponda, Milias Pofera, Travor Kajawa, James Sangala and Aubrey Nankhuni are some of the notable faces to have attended the course.

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  1. Mwenda its not about fitness here nenani zoona, tilibe ma resources a soccer Ku Malawi, ndalama a FAM mukazipeza koma Ku salima ndizimene umaziwa iwe ndi mzako Walter, no life presidency for soccer in Malawi. Agalu inu!!!

  2. FAM just keep quit what has FAM done to improve our national team? They r just eating money at FAM,we have to clean FAM if we want to improve our football, clean i mean removing nyamilandu & his fellow thieves at fam

  3. Chokani apa akutsogolonu ndinu adyera,, mukufuna muzidyeradyerabe mpaka zaka 20 muli mu ulamuliro opanda maso mphenyawu ndiye mkumalongolora chani apa? Ma player angakhale ndi nthanana ngati inuyo mukuwanyambitira dollar zawo bwanji? ,Muzingotokosa m’mano mukasowa zolankhula kunyumba kwanuko mwamva????? Ma player alibe nthanana ndiye kuti chani pamene inu ndi amene mukugwidima mkaka mmanyumba mwanumo.

  4. Physical fitness hey. Do u order it by mail order or u work out? Do u jog and do press ups only or u need gym full equipped?
    He has a point. But full of loop holes….. Just like the Malawi Constitution. There’s a Chinese saying that goes, ” dont stand in water watching fish, go home and knit a net”. In short, don’t just vomit crap, do something coz u are the leader, man!

  5. yes akuruakuru osamabisafam yamarawi ndiyajera safuna kupasa ndarama koma iwowo kudubayi awoda awodaso manibas khazaba ndi inu nomwe muwononga mumango chinyira mmatumbamwanu manyazi bwanji athu oipa inu

  6. koma this guy is saying the truth kumalawi anthu ambiri ndi nthumbidwa kungokura mimba,ndiye ma player anthu nawoso amangodya sima saziwa kudya za magulu…Kuno fitness tilibedi mma players another issue ndi height timu yose ma short!!!! flames ingosiya mpira bolani azikaumba njerwa.

  7. but don’t forget that football is a short career. players in Malawi are not given enough money. see all players who has played Malawi national team. Most of them are struggling. less we see other countries there are rich. try to give them money you shall see. Am not talking of money to buy food at the market but money that if the stop playing football the can support there families. small example why every time Malawian players like to play out side country while other players from outside can’t play in Malawi. Answer there is no money.

  8. Team yo already imakhala ndi nthawi yochepa kwambiri yokhonzekera chifukwa chiani palibe national team yoti once in a while izikakumana ndikumakayesera ma basics amene coach akuwafuna koma pokhapokha pakhale mpikisano ndipamene mumaganiza zopanga malawi select?blue lies akulu

  9. But for as long as you are just there to fatten your pocket then i would rather see malawi national team not participating in any tournament

  10. Kukhala Mmalawi Nkulimba Mtima Tivomerezf Kut Ndife Olephera Basi Koma Ngat Pali Njira Zina Tiyeni Tiuzane Maybe Next Time Mwina Tingadzapambane

  11. U can speculate or you can the problem is that players don’t earn much put money there hope you will see competitions in players every one fighting for positions in the national squard, trust me there will be improvement in our football team

  12. zabodza izi ma preyas muwalipila ndalama zochepa alimbikila bwanji mpira zoona preya wa nation team kumandila ndalama zosakaniila ndikupila nyumba zao za lent pomwe onkhala mma get ku stadium ndima stuard security guards akunjoya nde mpirao utukuka bwanji ?aonjezelani malipilo dziko lonse lapasi ma preyas akumalawi kuno ndamene akulandila ndalama zochepa tapitani pa mozambique mafuse kuti ao amawapatsa zinga

  13. This is a blue lie.In Chichewa there is a saying ‘samasema zibonga nkhondo ili pa khonde’ngakhale nkhondoyo utakhala kuti umayitha sungapambane.Is our team well prepared for different tournaments?Tonse tikudziwa and we expect good results.Coach mwamutayano pano mwati muloze chala ma player?When a fish rots it starts from the head.We have problems with Ministry,MNCS,FAM and the team itself going down to clubs so akunena mkuluyu limeneli ndi bodza

  14. Vuto ndiloti anthu inu muli ku fam mumaona ngati mulindimzeru zouendesera mpira ndinokha. Tatulani pansi maudindo ayese ena tione. Ngati panali nthawi yomwe flames inachita bwino kwambiri apart from 1978 ndiyo yaulamuliro wa sammy suleman. Munamuchosa mkumati inuyo ama degree ophunzira nanga chamzeru apa mwapanga nde chiti?

  15. Its not true what u say .true iw luck of money to suport players .mangodya nokha nokha iwe ndi Water basi..look tram spain who is fitness player ? But they won world cup..look Cameroon they r lot of players who ve phyiscal fit but they never win world cup..Dziko lathu losawuka and chinyengo basi nde mpira sungapite patsogolo

  16. Akulu osamalankhula ngati mukuwuza wana ayi.mukutanthauza chiani pamenepa. Kodi Damiano malefula, Jonathan Billy mavuto lungu peterkins kaira john banda anali anthu amphamvu? Ayi koma anali anthu a luso kwambiri ndipo ankasewera bwino kwambiri pa nthawi imene anali moyo. Moira simphamvu ayi koma skill ndi kuganiza . Mmalo motion mukambe poyera kuti vuto ndinu anthu awiri nzeru palibe ayi. Ma players abwino sapezeka ku bangwe kapena kawale ayi amapezeka mmamidzi kutali ndi mizinda komwe kumafunika ndalama kuti mukawapeze.chisanzo kumbukirani zimene anachita Manfred Hoener, amayenda mmalo mosayendedwa kukatumbwa anyamata achisozera pamene inu multi phwii mma office kudya ndalama. Lero mukunamidzira fittnes . Za ziikk

  17. Liar, they don’t lack anything , its football administrators who are lacking mental fitness to run football in malawi more especially u and your boss Walter.

  18. Am not agree what vice president has said since when our national team lack of physical fitness?if it is so why changing of coaches come on mr president

  19. Am not agree what vice president has said since when our national team lack of physical fitness?if it is so why changing of coaches come on mr president

  20. send them to a millitary base and train kuti azimenya the whole 90 min without kutopa like the army teams.tiribe ma strikers enieni enawa ndima opportunists who only score when the opponents are weak

  21. Mukungolandira ndalama zambiri koma ntchito zanu sidzikuoneka.Malawi inali timu ya bwino nthawi yomwe coach wake anali Kim koma pano kkkkkkkkk

  22. Amene akulankhulayo ndinkulu woziwa masewera ampira moti ndiye anapangidwa convinced ndima expert ena azampira awona kuti vuto lalikulu ndi physical fitness. Amalawi tiyeni tivomereze kuti anthu ambiri amalawi timakhala osajintcha bwino.ndiyeno luso ulakhala nalo koma umapezeka kuti mphavu ulibe.let’s talk about drogba fitness yake anhafanane nayo ndani mmalawi muno.that’s why for every game pamapezeka tapangitsa penalty kumakhala kuchepa mphavu to tackle the sticker in good way…….

  23. Why don’t u say u lack fitness in leardership?…incase u 4get..Malawians need clarification on hw u hav used the previous funds…Zoona even no report 2ministry of sports…Flames will continue declining…players lack physical fitness my foot!

  24. kukanika kunena chilungamo sikukutithandiza. Sitikuphunzitsa ana mpira, period. ku Fam ndi ku sports council mulibe chidwi chotukula masewero other than kukhala pa maudindo.

  25. The team needs plenty disciplines fitness apo koma no skill no Composure too much phuma akakhala ndi mpira safuna kugundidwa bola mpira umuchoke kaya apasira mdani bola zamuchoka Kinna nonsesnse zimenezi amakaniratu. Failing to shoot at goal zoona you Expect kuchita bwino Players ofunika theory akalowe mkalasi azikalemba mayeso kenako ku Field. Mwina kuona kuti zimene waphunzira mu class atha kupanga apply ku field ?

  26. Ndimakumbuka munthu wina anazipeleka kuti ayipangitse national team training free asamulipire koma zinakanika mpakana anamwalira.amaoneka alindinjira zawo anational teamwo.

  27. Koma zobwelanazo apa ndithu kuti lidziwe dziko lero kkkkkk•Malawi ndi wamkulu osakayang`ana amphamvu bwaaa•Kusowa chonena mtaluza abwana2

  28. Manyaka ndi FA yathuyi mmene ikuyendesela mpira kwathu kuno y akumalola coach kusiya ma talented players nkumatenga masapi amaplayer from 2 clubs y?????? Zachamba zenizeni

  29. Truth be told…97% of our players lack football skills..imagine player wa national team kulephera dadada weni weniyu.ball control ata mulibe.and u xpect mu game akwanine kusunga mpira kapena kupasila bwino bwino.
    Wht wil b the point of kukhala ndi m player azitho koma osatha kudoda mpirawo?
    If we want national team yochita bwino nde eeeh chintchito chilipo.

    • Zoonadi wakulu chakudya chathuchi penapake nchofoira, anzao amadya chabo koma awa akalawa ndekuti anapita kunja kapena ku camp? I doubt there is greedy leadership!!!!