Football Association of Malawi (FAM) technical director (TD) John Kaputa says football academies are crucial in unearthing talents hidden in youths across the country.
He made the sentiments on Saturday at the Malawi Police College stadium in Zomba during the launch of the Reform Enterprises Agro Dealers-sponsored Zomba Football Academy.
“FAM is committed to providing support in the materialisation of this academy to ensure that it produces players that will graduate into senior national team players one day,” Kaputa said.
The TD also urged the academy’s administrators to safeguard the academic life of the youngsters that have been enrolled.
The academy’s chairperson John Matemba said the academy was established in 2014 and has 50 youngsters drawn from various schools and communities in the district.
“We are committed to producing footballers that can take local football to higher levels,” he said.
Staunch football follower Raphael Nasimba commended the launch of the academy, saying it will help nurture and develop talent.
In the launch game, Zomba United FC hammered Zomba Academy FC 3-0 where Aziz Pindani scored the first goal while Blessings Magwiri scored the last two goals for the United. n