Malawi, Scotland enter into football partnership

Malawi and Scotland has entered into a football partnership announced when President Joyce Banda on Sunday travelled to Hampden Park in Glasgow where she presented the Scottish Communities League Cup to winners St Mirren.

President Banda made the presentation after attending a memorial service of Scottish missionary Dr David Livingstone at Blantyre Livingstone Memorial Parish Church.

According to State House press officer, Tusekele Mwanyongo, President Banda said a new football partnership with Malawi will see the exchange of coaches and the development of a joint coach programme building on the successful model both within Malawi and Scotland intended as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy.

“The two countries shall also be exploring the possibility of creating a School of football in Malawi based on the Scottish model and which will be linked to a school within Scotland,” President Banda said.

President Banda presenting a trophy

President Banda presenting a trophy

The First Minister of Scotland and Malawi President Joyce Banda at Livingstone Memorial Centre with pupils from local primary schools

The First Minister of Scotland and Malawi President Joyce Banda at Livingstone Memorial Centre with pupils from local primary schools

“This is an exciting Commonwealth Games legacy project that will extend beyond the life of the games and see the exchange of skills and knowledge between our two countries,” said the Malawi leader.

President Banda added: “It will also provide an excellent opportunity to develop future sporting links using the Games to strengthen and empower communities in Scotland and the Commonwealth. “

Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond said: “Scotland has a great love for football and I am delighted that we will be able to share skills in coaching and support the development of the next generation of successful footballers in our sister-nation of Malawi.”

President Banda and the Malawi delegation is welcomed by the First Minister and Scottish Government officials at Livingstone Centre in Blantyre Scotland

President Banda and the Malawi delegation is welcomed by the First Minister and Scottish Government officials at Livingstone Centre in Blantyre Scotland

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