Football Association of Malawi (FAM) will make it mandatory for players to take part in the tree planting week a response to government’s initiative to use sports to disseminate information on the preservation of environment.
On Monday, government through the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, organised a football match between Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers as part of an awareness campaign to let the masses understand their responsibility in preserving the environment.
FAM vice-president James Mwenda said the campaign by government to use sports and football in particular, as a tool to disseminate information on the importance of preserving the environment can make a huge difference.
“As FAM we will make it an annual event that during tree planting week, every player registered under FAM setup, should plants a tree each and it translates to thousands of trees being planted. We will also make it a point to disseminate information on environment preservation during matches,” he said.
Mwenda said they will make a deliberate plan involving the Super League of Malawi (Sulom) and clubs management to ensure there is adherence..
Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Bright Msaka who watched the match between Bullets and Silver said they decided to use football because of its popularity..
“The turnout was good and we hope the messages have reached the people and they should respond positively by planting trees and making sure the environment is protected,” said Msaka.
Bullets won the match 1-0 courtesy of their new signing midfielder Kondwani ‘Scholes’ Kumwenda’s first half strike.