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FAM intensifies development campaign for women’s football – Malawi Nyasa Times

The Malawi Football Association (FAM) has taken initiatives to develop women’s football players in the country.

With funding from the world football governing body, the FAM, among other things, holds motivational talks and bonuses for young girls who want to play the sport.

In Karonga, FAM engaged women’s football ambassadors Maggie Chombo, Linda Kasenda and Asimenye Simwaka to motivate the girls.

FAM technical director Benjamin Kumwenda said the activity in Karonga marked the launch of the FIFA Second Phase Programme.

“The FIFA-funded project aims to popularize the women’s football game among young girls to get them involved in the game. It was nice to see so many girls coming to Karonga.

“In Kasungu, in addition to seeing a large number of girls playing the game, we will also have Under-14 and Under-16 competitions in the places we visited, which was not the case before,” he said.

Invy Mwafulirwa, chairwoman of the Northern Region Women’s Football Association, in an interview, commended FAM for the programme, but she called for the program to be expanded to all districts in the country.

She said: “The current situation left a lot to be desired. We are unable to reach a large population with the district matches because competitions are only played in the cities, leaving a large pool of talent at the grassroots level in the districts. We call on the authorities to look into this if we want to grow the sport in the country.”

In the same commentary, women’s football expert Severia Chalira, who happens to be the former president of the National Women Football Association (NWFA), said the program must be accompanied by sustainability plans as such visits alone are not enough.

“Of course, the program can easily be implemented in schools. Moreover, it should be linked to a sustainability plan without consuming the worst time and resources,” he said.

Participating teams during the Karonga campaign included Karonga United Women Football Team, Baka City Women, Ndagha Academy, KK Sisters, Baka United and Zinde Academy.

The first phase of the women’s football campaign involved the three cities of Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu, while the second phase included Zomba, Kasungu and Karonga districts.

The initiative will also be launched in Rumphi District, Chikwawa or Mulanje next year.

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