FIFA has chosen the Football Association of Malawi to host the inaugural FIFA Infrastructure workshop under the FIFA Forward Program 15 to 16 May 2019 at the Ryalls Hotel in Blantyre.
This the third time within four years that FAM has been given the honours of hosting a high profile inaugural FIFA event in Africa after it hosted the Technical Directors workshop and the pilot FIFA Under 15 League in 2015.
The Infrastructure workshop will attract 26 participants from Cape Verde, Eritrea, Eswatini, Gambia, Lesotho, Liberia, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi as well as delegates from FIFA and CAF.
The main objective of the workshop is to enable FAs in Africa strategically reflect with experts in the fields of engineering, architecture and project management on developing and improving top sporting facilities.
Malawi has been chosen because of its tremendous record in implementing FIFA infrastructure programmes and FAM General Secretary Alfred Gunda said hosting such a workshop is an indication that the country is doing things right.
“One of the criteria that FIFA has used to select the host is the ability of the member association to, in this case FAM, achieve the completion of a football infrastructure project under the FIFA Forward.
“But it is also the growth path that FAM has taken in infrastructure development, like the progress made at the Mpira Village where we started with hostels, then office complex followed by the, gym, restaurant, bar and now completing the set with the Mpira Stadium.
“Hosting such high profile workshops is a proof of the confidence that FIFA has in the administrative, governance and financial management of FAM because there were a lot of compliance issues that we had to adhere to before getting the approvals and continued funding for the projects. We vow to continue doing well in future projects,” he said
During the workshop, the participants will have a chance to appreciate the revolution of the Mpira Village.