Super League of Malawi (Sulom) president Innocent Bottomani believes that local football will improve in the next four years after his first participation in the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) executive committee meeting.
FAM recently approved decrees which incorporate the Sulom president and National Women Football Association (NWFA) chairperson into the FAM executive committee.
Following the December 12 elections, the executive met on Saturday in Blantyre where Bottomani and the NWFA chairperson Severia Chalira made debut appearances.
In an interview yesterday, Bottomani described the meeting as an eye opener and a platform that shaped the future of football.
“I learned a lot from that meeting. What caught my attention are the plans to improve football from grass roots. I believe that in the next four years football will be somewhere,” he said.
On top of his leadership focus, FAM president Walter Nyamilandu has put club licencing, which encourages grass roots football growth by ordering Super League teams to have reserve sides.
Meanwhile, Sulom says it will support all ideas that seek to improve football at grassroots level.
Bottomani said previously, FAM and Sulom, were working on parrarel lines, a situation that hurt football development.
“Now we will no longer operate as different institutions. We will be sharing ideas on how to improve football especially from grassroots. This is the only way we can have quality players in the Super League,” he said.
Chalira said her incorporation into the FAM leadership is good for women football after no woman was elected in the executive committee.
“If I wasn’t fused into the committee then there could have been nobody to represent women at FAM,” she said. “My involvement will surely help us to push for the interests of women soccer.” n