By Duncan Mlanjira
World football governing body, Fifa will complete a development plan handbook from the two pilot projects of training national associations’ technical directors it conducted, first in Malawi and the second in India, from which a most comprehensive approach will be adopted for the development of the game.
Malawi and India were chosen for the pilot phases to understand and identify challenges technical directors face in developing countries and render support where it is needed.
According to www.fifa.com, the draft handbook was used at the two pilot training courses to test content and format with an ultimate aim of adapting the most comprehensive approach to achieve an on-going and self-development framework.
With that comprehensive handbook, Fifa will hold a workshop with potential instructors in March and thereafter roll out a training programme from April — with 10-12 courses over the year.
“Among the key planned outcomes were gaining an understanding of the many challenges faced by technical directors and identifying areas for improvement, particularly in the area of strategy and planning,” the Fifa website said.
“Fifa are constantly looking at ways to stimulate growth of the game in every corner of the globe. One key area for assistance is that of the technical director.
“The technical director is a crucial, though sometimes undervalued, element for success of any association and it is here, even in this specialised field, where teamwork and group effort can pay large dividends,” it said.
Neil Tovey, former Bafana Bafana defender and captain, who was one of the participants during the course in Malawi, described the course as an eye opener and praised its benefits of collaboration.
“The course had a very practical approach, with information from a variety of different backgrounds — both European and African,” Tovey is quoted as saying by www.fifa.com.
Malawi is also the pioneer of the Fifa Under-15 league pilot project which was launched in October 2015 and Fifa also applauded this initiative, which involves school teachers as coaches.
Central to this project is John Kaputa, who mobilised school teachers, both rural and urban.
Another first for Fam is that its Chief Executive Officer Suzgo Nyirenda will be the only Africa football administrator to play a crucial role in the Fifa elections scheduled for Zurich, Switzerland on February 26, 2016.
Nyirenda will be joined by three other officials from other countries as scrutineers, headed by a senior Fifa official, to control the distribution and counting of ballot papers.
Fam is also the only country in the Southern Africa to have successfully implemented the Performance Programme that has seen the refurbishment of the Mpira Village into one of the best football centres in Africa.
On top of that, Nyirenda is a Fifa accredited football administration instructor, a member of the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Club Licensing System committee and he is also a match commissioner for Fifa and Caf.