A FIFA instructor Frank Nato has challenged Malawian home grown coaches to remain focused on their job for them to reach their potential.
Nato who is in the country to conduct a week-long physical fitness training for the country’s football coaches was speaking during the official opening of the workshop at Mpira village in Blantyre.
He said Malawi can be able to compete with top teams only if the home grown coaches are able to maximize their potential.
“Performance of football is underpinned by good fitness. This training is part of football development in Africa which FIFA is undertaking. FIFA for a long time has had trainings to develop coaches from the grassroots.
“I expect the coaches who are taking part in this training to have more knowledge and understanding of the game which they can be able to impart to the players they coach,” said the former Zamalek Coach.
In his remarks, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) Executive member Daud Ntanthiko commended FIFA for the training which he said supplements FAM’s initiatives of uplifting football in the country from the grassroots.
“Malawi is among the many African countries that has benefited a lot from FIFA’s programs. This training is one good example of such programs and we commend FIFA for considering us. I know that from here, we can be able to produce great coaches who in future will greatly contribute to the country’s football development,” said Ntanthiko.
The FAM executive member also took time to hit back at critics especially the media for heaping the blame on FAM on Flame’s recent poor performance in African Cup of Nations qualifiers and the COSAFA cup.
“It’s surprising that people especially the media have been busy castigating FAM for the Flame’s recent poor showing in competitions. What you (referring to the media) have to know is that FAM tries to lobby for support from FIFA on several programs for the benefit of the nation but we do not get praised for that.
I thought the national team is government’s responsibility so why do you always blame FAM whenever results do not go our way? We are not bemused and neither are we to blame for the Flame’s early exit at COSAFA. We urge the media to stop those castigations because we are trying a lot to improve the standards of football in the country,” Ntanthiko said.
A total of 25 coaches from the country’s elite league, premier divisions and lower leagues are taking part in the week long training.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :