Fam is sidelining us —Youth association
National Youth Football Association chairperson, Mabvuto Missi, took Football Association of Malawi (Fam) leadership to task during Saturday’s Extra Ordinary General Meeting (EGM) over the youth body’s non-involvement in the on-going Fifa Under-15 league.
Fifa chose Malawi for the two-year pilot project of the Under-15 league the whole of Africa, hoping that if it proves a success, such a model can then be rolled out to the rest of the world in the near future.
Fifa has pumped in US$50,000 into the league.
However, the local youth association, while being briefed about the league in its formative years, was eventually left out, complained Missi.
“We have just heard that there is an Under-15 league and that it has kicked off, yet as the president of youth football, I am not involved, can you brief us?,” Missi said.
In reaction, Fam president, Walter Nyamilandu, insisted that the youth league was Fifa’s project with pre-conditions of a model of administrators.
“Fifa has proposed a joint committee for implementation. It’s not an ideal situation in view of how we operate in Malawi. It might not be your baby because it is a pilot and we do not know if it will be here after two years. You might have to take it with a pinch of salt. It’s a model that is not suitable for our structures, but it is what Fifa wants,” Nyamilandu insisted.
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