FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Wednesday met the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) President Walter Nyamilandu Manda at FIFA’s Paris bureau and discussed the highly encouraging development of youth and women’s football in Malawi
Aided by FIFA Forward funds, the renovations to the FAM technical centre in Blantyre have given national
teams improved facilities in which to prepare.
The victory of the women’s national team in the COSAFA Women’s Championship last weekend – Malawi’s first such title – follows on the back of their runners-up
finish two years earlier, and shows how ‘the Scorchers’ in particular have benefitted.
Many of that team are in their ‘teens, and youth development is also a particular focus of the FAM, which has ploughed Forward funding into grassroots football.
The academy in Mzuzu is currently undergoing phased improvements, while Malawi is one of 100 member associations to have launched the FIFA Football
for Schools project aimed at giving children skills for life as well as football.
Nyamilandu said: “I had an insightful and fruitful meeting with President Gianni Infantino in Paris, France where we shared insights about football and the future that lies ahead. It was inspiring to see that we share a lot in common. His commitment to supporting our transformation projects in Malawi is unequivocal. We are certainly in safe hands”