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Fam, Morocco FA seal K3.5 billion deal

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Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Tuesday sealed a three-year agreement with Royal Moroccan Football Federation (RMFF) worth $5 million (K3.5 billion) for the construction of Lilongwe Technical Centre adjacent to Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.

The deal was struck last month in Morocco after a delegation, led by Fam President Walter Nyamilandu and Director of Sports Jameson Ndalama, visited the North African nation.

But yesterday, a delegation from Morocco, led by RMFF General Coordinator Mouad Hajji, was in the country to finalise the deal.

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The project, to be completed in nine months, will consist of a 50-bed hostel, an artificial turf, a medical centre and a kitchen.

RMFF will then install an artificial turf at Luwinga Fifa Goal Project 4 in Mzuzu as phase two of the project.

Phase three will involve the installation of a natural grass turf at MDC Stadium in Blantyre.

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Speaking in Lilongwe after inspecting the construction site, Fam Vice President, James Mwenda, hailed the partnership, saying it would foster the development of the local game.

“This is a historic moment for Malawi and we are grateful to our counterparts for the partnership. This partnership will go a long way in developing our football,” Mwenda, who was accompanied by Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, said.

On his part, Hajji said his federation aims at building the capacity of fellow African federations to develop the game.

“This is a very important partnership and we believe this is a win-win situation. We are ready to support Fam in setting up a solid foundation for football development,” Hajji said.

RMFF is in partnership with 35 other countries, including Sao Tome, Burkina Faso and Rwanda on the continent.

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