Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has promised to keep the Malawi Under-20 National Football Team active during this off-season.
The Junior Flames struggled at the Council of Southern Football Association (Cosafa) Youth Championship in South Africa, where they lost to Zambia 3-0, the Democratic Republic of Congo 1-0 and drew 0-0 against Zimbabwe.
Fam’s Youth Development Officer, James Sangala, recently said although it will not be easy, the association will try to organise something for the players between now and April.
“It is not easy to disclose the type of programme we have specifically for the Under-20 players, but we believe that with time, we can organise a competitive game for them,” Sangala said, adding that availability of resources will determine the programme.
“Now considering that there will be no competitive football on the domestic scene [between January and April], it will be important for us to find ways of keeping the squad active, so that next time they go out to represent the country, they should not disappoint.”
Meanwhile, Northern Region Youth Football Association (NRYFA) General Secretary, Desire Bellings, said there were positives from the Junior Flames’ Cosafa showing.
“We know that the team did not perform to everyone’s expectations, but we don’t have to speak badly about the players or criticise them. This was their first international tournament experience,” Bellings said.
He added that organising an inter-regional competition can keep the youngsters active.
“If we cannot manage to organise international friendlies for the team, it can be very easy to say Under-20 players from the Southern Region should be playing against their Central and North region counterparts. Basically, that can also be a type of training,” Bellings added.
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