Former Football Association of Malawi acting general secretary George Kaudza Masina has applauded the association’s president Walter Nyamilandu for establishing a football academy which will be launched tomorrow at Chiwembe Village.
Speaking in an interview, Masina described the move as important.
“Regardless that we are in the FAM elections period, this is a very important move that the FAM president has made. It is worth supporting as it will assist a lot in nurturing talent at a tender age.
“Of course, it would have been in place sometime back,” he said.
Be Forward Wanderers technical assistant Joseph Kamwendo, who has been engaged as assistant trainer, also commended Nyamilandu for the initiative.
“I am very grateful to Dr Nyamilandu for showing confidence in me that I can do a good job at his academy. I know it won’t be easy, but am sure that the passion I have got and the experience I have learned over the years will help me to produce a lot of stars of tomorrow,” he said.
Kamwendo, who has played professional football in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, DR Congo and Denmark, said his role at Nomads would not be affected.
“It should be pointed out that this is part-time work and has nothing to do with jeopardising my delivery at Nomads,” he said.
Commenting on the academy launch and Kamwendo’s recruitment, Nyamilandu said he is happy to have roped in a legend because he is well conversant with the game.
“I am happy to have Kamwendo in the academy because he is well travelled and had stints abroad [Europe and Africa] as a professional player. He brings loads of experience, knowledge, technique and inspiration to the academy players. “I believe that the legends have a rightful role to play in the development of the game of football, knowing that they are not only role models, but also knowledgeable about football. We need them to impart their knowledge to the new generation of players and keep them active,” he said.