Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu has said the only way Malawi’s football can improve is to have highly trained coaches who have also the passion for the game.
Nyamilandu said this on Monday at the Chiwembe Technical Centre in Blantyre during the opening ceremony of the five day coaching course ahead of the Fifa/ FAM under 15 national League.
The course, which is being attended by 36 coaches, has grouped some Super League club coaches and district coaches.
In his opening remarks, Nyamilandu said Malawi cannot afford to have coaches with a C license to lead a Super League club, emphasizing that from next season they will set minimum coaching qualifications.
“We cannot afford to have somebody who has a C license to coach a Super League side. If somebody is coaching in a Super League it means he has a CAF A or B license. From next season we will set out minimum coaching qualifications,” said Nyamilandu.
Nyamilandu said there is also need to have different qualifications for youth and division leagues.
He then challenged the coaches attending the course to make good use of it, stating young boys from the ages of 14-15 to develop their skills they must be in the hands of highly qualified coaches who will be able to teach them on how to dribble, score and shoot.
“Otherwise if they are not in the hands of qualified coaches their performance cannot improve. So that’s why we organized this coaching course,” he said.
Nyamilandu also added that Malawi needs the young boys and girls that are in primary and secondary schools to play active football for the development of the game in the country.
“Fifa under 15 will provide the platform for us to be able to unearth hidden talent in our schools. We do not take this for granted because Malawi is the first beneficiary in Africa,” he said.
Burundi based Fifa instructor Dominic Niyozima is the one conducting the course and say Malawi should make the most of the project being one of the few in the World chosen for the pilot phase# Fifa under 15 League.
Some of the notable coaches attending this course include Stereo Gondwe, Pofera Jegwe, Franco Ndau and Mike Kumanga.