Football Association of Malawi (Fam) says it will strive to achieve an HIV and Aids-free future football generation by spreading the Unaids Protect the Goal campaign to all corners of the country.
Fam first vice-president, James Mwenda, made the remarks when he officially opened a three-day Protect the Goal Football and HIV coaching clinic at Africa Bible College in Lilongwe.
“We have lost great players at a younger age, administrators, and referees due to lack of information. Much as Fam has the main mandate to develop, administer, organise and grow the game, we must protect it as well from the HIV and Aids pandemic,” Mwenda said.
Mwenda thanked Unaids, Unicef, Nac and Malawi government for providing technical and financial support towards the project.
This is a second course following the one held in Thyolo for Southern Region. Facilitator captain John Kaputa, who is Fam technical director, said the courses will also help grow the country’s youth coaches base.
“For us to develop the game, we need a lot of expert coaching at grassroots level. We have failed to produce good players because we don’t have enough coaches at developmental level. The clinic has attracted 50 participants from across the Central Region,” said Kaputa.
Fam is expected to hold a similar course in the Northern Region early next year.
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