Blantyre, Two months down the line after the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) introduced a pilot phase of the football academy, the association is impressed with the progress made so far.
To this effect, the FAM Under-15 Academy will be established and officially launched on March 9,2019 as the national football academy, which is said to be the only solution to the national football team’s poor performance through nurturing of young talent.
Academy’s Head Coach, Abel Mkandawire said they started with 250 children from Limbe, Kanjedza, Kapeni and Misesa Primary Schools and that with the support of other coaches and 40 best players were selected and are now responding well to the training.
We are concentrating on teaching basic football techniques like ball control, receiving, shooting, throwing as well as heading. The kids are improving every day we meet them and I am sure that we are going to come up with a very good team from this group, he said.
FAM Technical Development Officer, Benjamin Kumwenda said apart from being trained in football, the kids will also be taught formal education.
The academy has two fundamental principles; that the kids should attain formal education as well as football skills. Initially, they started with football skills but later on, they will be having two-hour educational sessions and then we will be going for football training, he added.
We will focus on three subjects: Mathematics, English and Life Skills. In fact, there are teachers who will be teaching them these subjects, Kumwenda said.
Depending on the success of the pilot phase, FAM is expected to establish other football academies in the central and northern regions, respectively.
Source: MANA Online