Malawi sports journo publishes handbook on football

Malawian sports journalist Bartholomew Kawina Boaz has set the pace by publishing a football book entitled Football Made Simple which offers simplified tailor-made football knowledge meant for those eager to understand how the game is played or aspiring footballers and coaches.

The first of its kind in the country’s history, the book has been written in a way that anyone – from amateur players, senior players and coaches alike – can use as a training manual in schools and football clubs.

“I realised that there was lack of domestic football literature especially for aspiring footballers and coaches. That is what prompted me to write this book,” said Boaz who is editor for Balaka based Montfort Media’s two publications: Together Magazine and Mkwaso newspaper, and sports correspondent for The Nation.

Kawina displays his book too help in football development in malawi

Kawina displays his book too help in football development in malawi

He added: “The book is very easy to read. It comprises a step by step guide so much so that even those who don’t play football but are just followers of the beautiful game can easily understand issues like positions of players in a team. It’s the first book of its kind in Malawi and has local touch with pictures of Malawian players.”

Boaz disclosed that the research for the book took over four years and said is satisfied with the level of critiquing it has undergone.

Now available in the country’s shops like Maneno, CLAIM, Central and FEGS Distributors bookshops, Football Made Simple explains football field and equipment, flexibility exercises, playing positions and their required skills, formations, skills, tactics, football terms, referees’ signals as well as football and education.

The 70-colour-paged book breaks down nine chapters to tackle finer details such as skills required for each playing position such as passing, techniques, types of shots, goalkeeping techniques, attributes of good defenders, midfielders and strikers among the important basics.

Sports Writers Association of Malawi (Swam) president Peter Kanjere told the local media that the book can help in football development as it details football basics in the simplest way possible.

“I have read the whole book and have learnt a lot of things which I didn’t know. It’s a good book and suitable for everyone who loves football,” said award winning sports journalist Kanjere.

Boaz, who holds philosophy and journalism diplomas, weaves his knowledge as an amateur secondary school footballer and football writer.

Football Made Simple is Boaz’s second book after he debuted with a vernacular offer in 2010 which he entitled Bwasala.

Running over nine chapters and comprising 68-colour pages, the book breaks down the chapters to tackle finer details such as skills required for each playing position such as passing techniques, types of shots, goalkeeping techniques, attributes of good defenders, midfielders and strikers and tackling —thereby it could be useful even to coaches.

The 68-page book, which has been printed by Montfort Media is selling at K3 000 (about $7.50) per copy. He is personally selling the books as he looks for an outlet. He can be contacted on +08 88 520 845.

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