FAM introduces intercity U-14 tournament: Fifa, Malawi govt pumps in K7m

In  a bid to establish a strong foundation base for the country’s ailing national soccer teams, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has introduced an Inter-City Under 14 football tournament that is expected to culminate into formation of an U-14 National Football Team.

Kaputa: To tap youth talent

Kaputa: To tap youth talent

Outlining the initiative in an exclusive interview with Nyasa Times, Fam’s technical director Captain John Kaputa said the competition will involve primary schools from the country’s four cities of Blantyre, Lilongwe, Zomba and Mzuzu.

He said primary schools from the four cities would compete in a round robin format from zonal up to district level before forming city select teams, which will face each other to identify the champion.

During the city-versus-city games, Kaputa said Fam would select best players to form the National Under 14 side.

The Fam technical director further disclosed that there would be a refereeing course for under 14 boys and girls during the school holiday in December this year aimed at identifying young referees, who will handle the rest of the games in the tournament.

“At the meantime, we will be using the existing adult referees but after the December
course, the young ones will take over the show up to the final stage.

“The idea is that when these young ones reach the age of 20, they will have already reached Fifa level. Apart from forming a strong foundation base for the national teams, we also want to have a pool of qualified referees in the near future,” he said.

According to the Kaputa, there will be launching ceremonies for the programme in each of the four cities with the northern city of Mzuzu setting the pace with a grand launch at Mzuzu Stadium on Friday, October 17, 2014.

Meanwhile, Fifa has reportedly pumped in US $10,000 (About MK4 million) into the project with Ministry of Education, Science and Technology committing a $7,500 (About MK3 million) into the project’s pilot phase.

Fam says it is looking forward to more contributions from well wishers for successful implementation of the pilot phase, after which the body expects to roll out a national programme.

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8 thoughts on “FAM introduces intercity U-14 tournament: Fifa, Malawi govt pumps in K7m”

  1. Mwenecho says:

    chi kaputa chi ndiye ayi

  2. Gwamba says:

    Kaputa manu utulukawo wakalamba iwe nzerunso zinatha thats why national team ikumangoluza nonse ndi amboloooo ku fam

  3. Mbolo Sidwala! says:

    What about those best players whose teams will have faultered at zonal level? Nkutheka team ya players osatha mpira ngati a Chiuke kufika m’mafinal! Was thinking aloud.

  4. Truth Pains says:

    A FAM, ask Kinnah or Jack, were they town dwellers the time they started football? Cast your net wide, there is talent mmidzi umu. Sure Mponda and Surestream should look more visionary than you? Plan properly on the little you have been given. Chilichonse basi akutauni? Zimatipweteka national team ikamaluza. One time, we will descend on you ku stadium konko. Funsani andale akupatseniko ndalama zina so that your programme involves every corner of the country. Mukhozanso kukonza dinner dance ndi kupempha President Kukakhala guest of honour. Pangani zanzeru zoona mmene tinayambira kulira. Pano inu amati ma duty bearer muziona makofi moopsa for you to know kuti olipira msonkhofe zikutipweteka.

  5. WISE says:

    KODI MUKAMANGOTENGA MA TEAM A MA CITY OKHA MUMATATHAUZA CHANI? MABOMA ENAWA MULIBE MA TEAM, NO WONDER NATIONAL TEAM IMANGOLUZA CHIFUKWA CHOKONDERA.

  6. marvel chikondi says:

    The current national team needs to be replaced. so what FAM should have done is to concentrate on the under twenty in order to build a new national team which would gradually replace the current one.

  7. ujeni says:

    Why always Kaputa? And you get suprised with Malawi standard of football? This man is everywhere from Technical Director, team manager, leader of delegation, Technical Advisor, coach, committee member, get ride of this amatuer and appoint anthu eni eni

  8. drennon says:

    if this was to involve all districts in the country it would hav been better. Best teams in the districts shld play against each other and find the best in the region then inter region. Thus selecting players in due course. Not the way u doing it

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