Royal Moroccan Football Federation (RMFF) has pledged to construct a technical centre in Lilongwe and install an artificial turf at MDC Stadium in Chilomoni Township, Blantyre.
The projects follow a partnership between RMFF and Football Association of Malawi (FAM) that will see the two bodies working together to develop the sport.
The agreement was concluded yesterday in Rabat where a delegation from Malawi met their Moroccan counterparts from RMFF.
FAM president Walter Nyamilandu said the landmark partnership will set a solid foundation for football development in Malawi.
He said: “This is a cooperation partnership agreement with regard to infrastructure development and technical support. It will be implemented by Morocco FA through companies in Morocco that are specialised in the specific fields of expertise.
“Part of the agreement also extends to hosting training camps for Under-17, Under-20 and women’s national football team. Malawi will also benefit from exchange training programmes of administrators, referees and coaches.”
Meanwhile, the National Football Technical Centre will be constructed in Lilongwe this year. It will have an artificial turf, hostels with 50 rooms, fitness room, medical centre and restaurant.
“They will also install an artificial turf at Luwinga Technical Centre and natural grass at MDC Stadium. Technicians will be sent this year for the assessment and construction of the agreed facilities,” said Nyamilandu.
According to the RMFF website, there will also be exchange and cooperation programmes in technical training.
The website reported: “In the framework of activating the partnership agreement concluded on April 1 2017 between the Royal Moroccan Football Federation and the Malawi Football Federation, a delegation from the Malawian [FA] visited Morocco with the sports director of the Ministry [of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development], in order to find out the sports facilities for football in our country and the organisational aspects of Moroccan football through its structure and levels of practice.
“The Moroccan and Malawian sides stressed during this occasion the need to make more efforts to achieve what is good for the youth of the two friendly countries. On Tuesday, May 23 2017, the executive programme of the agreement was approved by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation and the Malawi Football Association [FAM].”
Director of sports Jameson Ndalama, FAM general secretary Alfred Gunda, finance and administration director Christopher Mdolo and legal adviser JabbarAlide, who is also FAM executive committee member, represented Malawi.
Ironically, Malawi and Morocco are in the same group in Afcon qualification. The other members of Group B are Cameroon and Comoros.
Malawi starts the campaign against Comoros next month while Cameroon face Morocco.
Morocco, coached by a two-time Afcon winner, HerveRenard, are ranked 56 in the world while the Flames are on position 114 in the world.