The Walter Nyamilandu Football Academy has embarked on a project to produce video footage of talented players for overseas marketing.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu, who is the academy’s founder and a Fifa Council member
yesterday said the academy has exceptional talent and believes the strategy is the best way to expose young talents to scouts.
He said the decision to produce video footage was made after being impressed by the talents in his academy, which is so far unbeaten in nine games since its inception last September.
Nyamilandu said he has the academy’s coaches, Chancy Msema and Joseph Kamwendo and has watched the players in some of the matches. received a good report from the academy’s coaches, Chancy Msema and Joseph Kamwendo and has watched the players in some of the matches.
He said: “As I speak, we are in the process of producing video footage for individual players for marketing overseas. There are several scouts that are looking for this footage and this is a not-to-miss opportunity for us.
“Even some local top-flight league clubs are already coming to us asking to recruit some of the youngsters in their reserve sides.”
The FAM president said the progress of the academy has also motivated him to look for potential sponsors.
Currently, the academy has 25 players from within Blantyre, but Nyamilandu said once they secure sponsorship, they will expand the recruitment drive.
Kamwendo, who recently organised a ceremonial match to mark his retirement from active football, singled out Hamid Msopa, Happy Mphepo, Abdul Namitambo, Alaistar Nyamilandu, Madalitso Mwachumo, Blessings Mwamadi, Blessings Kanowa, Titani Kachingwe, Lemani Eston and Matamando Matchipitsa as some of the outstanding talents.
The academy’s media liaison officer Kandani Ngwira said the process of recruiting the youngsters into the academy involved a talent identification exercise that saw youth teams from Zingwangwa, Limbe, Chilomoni, Mbayani, Ndirande and Lunzu townships having a tournament at Kamuzu Stadium.
Other talents were roped in on recommendation from the academy’s scouts. He said they hold non-residential training on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning to provide ample time for the youngsters to go to school during weekdays because “the core value of the academy is for children to have good education, religious and football background”.
But the players are on holiday as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus.
Nyamilandu Academy is based at Country Club Limbe (CCL) in Blantyre, but also trains at FAM’s Mpira Stadium in Chiwembe, Blantyre.
Football analyst George Kaudza Masina said the Nyamilandu Academy is leading by example as marketing players through producing video footage is the practice worldwide.
TNM Super League giants Nyasa Big Bullets, Be Forward Wanderers and Silver Strikers yesterday said the production of video footage of individual players for marketing purposes is the best way to go.