Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has hailed Fifa for organising a first ever beach soccer refereeing course in the country.
FAM first vice-president James Mwenda made the remarks when he officially closed a five-day course which was facilitated by Italian Michele Conti in Salima last week.
Mwenda said Malawi has big passion for beach soccer, but this is affected by ignorance of the rules and regulations due to the absence of such trainings.
“We are very thankful to Fifa for the course. It will give us ammunition to grow the game. We cannot grow the game if we do not know the rules. This course will bring a huge difference.
“Let me also commend the coaches for the level of commitment shown in the course. Now you do not have excuses and it’s time to perform,” said Mwenda.
He urged the referees to share the knowledge with other stakeholders if they are to make meaningful contribution.
“Please when you go back orient the coaches and players of the teams in your zones. You will not find it difficult to officiate matches if the players are now aware of the rules you have gained here,” he said.
Conti said Malawi has a big future in beach soccer if they stay organised.
“There is great talent and passion for the game. Now you need to get organised and I will see you at the World Cup in a few years to come,” he said.
The course attracted 20 participants from the four beach soccer zones, namely Mangochi, Salima, Chintcheche and Karonga. n