Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has officially opened a two-day FIFA Infrastructure workshop that has attracted 34 participants from 15 African countries, at the Ryalls hotel in commercial capital Blantyre.
FAM president, Walter Nyamilandu said that MAs need support from authorities to obtain land as it is important to build facilities on their owned plots.
“Most MAs have failed to make progress in infrastructure development due to poor working relationship with respective governments.
“On top of land, governments offer other incentives like tax holidays on construction materials. So as MAs we must ensure that we engage and maintain good working relationships with relevant government agencies like ministry of lands, city assemblies and indeed revenue authorities for easy execution of infrastructure projects,” Nyamilandu said.
Nyamilandu further said that the workshop is important as it tackles the backbone of football development.
“You may have willing players, football equipment, eager fans but there will be no football if you have no space to play. For organized football under our respective federations, it is not just about space but proper infrastructures to reflect the modern times we are leaving in.
“Therefore, it is paramount that we learn the best practices and professionalize our FAs on how to use the meager resources to upgrade and maintain the facilities.
“Good infrastructure cannot come on its own without good advice – that’s why we call upon our technical experts to guide us over the course of two days on the best practices in terms of infrastructure development,” he said
FIFA Football Facilities and Income Generation Programmes Manager Daniel Krebs said the workshop is aimed at helping MAs strategically reflect with experts in the fields of engineering, architecture and project management, aiming at developing sports facilities.
The participants have come from Cape Verde, Egypt, Eritrea, ESwatini, Gambia, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.