Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has started distributing football equipment to Super League teams for their reserve youth teams.
Speaking in an interview, FAM licensing and compliance manager Casper Jangale said the support, under FAM Club Licensing programme, aims at encouraging clubs in the elite league to have youth teams.
“This forms the foundation for development and growth of clubs. Through the support of the equipment, we stand to encourage clubs to have quality youth development programmes.
“We have adopted the Under-20 and Under-17 as our bases for development in our approach,” he said.
Jangale said the priority will be given to teams with youth teams.
He also said Nyasa Big Bullets, Be Forward Wanderers, Ntopwa, Mighty Tigers, Karonga United, Chitipa United and Moyale Barracks have already received the equipment.
The equipment comprises 10 balls, 10 cones and 20 bibs for each team.
Commenting on the support after getting the equipment on Tuesday, Karonga United chairperson Alufeyo Chipanga Banda said it is likely that FAM will be issuing such gifts because its elections are near.
“We are not surprised with the support. We expect more of this now because FAM elections are just too close,” he said.
On his part, National Youth Football Association (NYFA) general secretary Thokozani Chimbali wondered why they were not involved in the programme when it is for youth teams.
“It is a welcome initiative, however, it is sad that FAM did not involve us. They are targeting youth teams and it is obvious that we be part and parcel of its implementation,” he said.
Jangale also dismissed Chipanga’s allegations that the gesture has come because of the forthcoming elections.
“There’s no connection between the donation and FAM elections. Chipanga knows this because this was already communicated to the teams.
“We could not have done it in April because one of the requirements is for the teams to give us proof that they we have youth teams,” he said.
Jangale also said they will donate more equipment next year.