Football Association of Malawi (FAM) first vice-president James Mwenda on Friday met a group of about 40 soccer legends in Blantyre to discuss how to incorporate them in the system to help develop the game further.
Both Mwenda and the group’s spokesperson Chance ‘Vinny’ Gondwe confirmed their meeting at the Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS).
Mwenda said as FAM head of technical sub-committee, he believes the legends still have a big role to play in many aspects of the game..
“Some of these legends are involved in coaching while others are doing nothing. So, I urged them to take part in the development of the game because football can improve tremendously if we take everybody on board,” he said.
“Legends have an important role to play as they are role models and are technically sound to help us take the game to greater heights. I would like them to help in football management and motivate the young ones as most of them played at the highest level. Beyond that, they also had good and bad experiences that are essential in career talks to the blossoming talents.”
Gondwe described the meeting as worthwhile, considering that this was the first time a senior FAM executive member had such a talk with them.
“As former players, we are neglected and considered as nonentities in the country yet we can still help to develop the game in various ways. Our meeting dwelt much on this aspect,” he said.
Apart from Gondwe, some of the legends who attended the meeting were Boniface Maganga, Leonard Malunga, Cedric Nankhumwa, Thom Milanzi, Albert Mpinganjira, Leo Mpulula, John Phiri and Mzee Jossam.