In a true spirit of the warm bilateral relationship existing between Germany and Malawi, the Federal Republic of Germany Embassy in Lilongwe has donated various football equipment worth about K1.5m for the development of grass-root women football in Malawi’s central region.
The donated items include 50 sets of footballs, two sets of jerseys with pairs of shorts and socks and a state-of-the art first aid kit.
Deputy Germany Ambassador Johannes Scharlau made the donation on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at a brief ceremony held at the Embassy’s premises in the capital city.
“This is part of the International Sports Promotion programme, which the Germany Foreign Office initiated some years ago. The programme has three components- Firstly, the Germany Foreign Office in partnership with local sports federations get sports coaches from Malawi and African countries to train at the Universities of Mainz and Leipzing in Germany.
“There is also another component, whereby the Germany Football Association (FA) offers high level international football coaching courses to Malawian coaches. The third component is the donation of sports materials that we are witnessing today,” said Scharlau, flanked by another Embassy official Andrea Waldau.
The Germany Deputy Head of Mission hailed the warm relations existing between Malawi and his country, observing many Malawians rallied behind the Germany National Football team during the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, where the Germany team emerged victorious after beating Argentina 1-0 in the final.
Principal of Kamuzu Institute of Sports Isaac Phiri, who received the donation expressed gratitude to the Germany government for the role it was playing in the development of sports in Malawi.
“The Germany government has been a true partner of Malawi in the development of sports. A lot of Malawian coaches, including myself have graduated from the high level coaching courses offered at Germany universities and almost every year the Embassy donates sports equipment to local disciplines,” said Phiri.
The KIS principal hailed women football administrators Ella Banda and Daphine Mpuwani for showing keen interest in the development of grass-root women soccer. “These women have been greatly involved in the development of grass-root women football and they are the ones who approached the Embassy.
Phiri and the women assured the Embassy that the equipment would be put to good use. Recently, the Embassy also donated 25 basketballs and five sports jerseys to the Institute, which offer free facilities for various sporting disciplines.
Local football coaches Ernest Mtawali and Leo Mpulula are the latest graduates from the high level football coaching course offered by the Germany FA and presently volleyball coach Jailos Nkhoma is attending a volleyball coaching course at Leipzing University.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :