Football Association of Malawi (Fam) says it has plans to run the Malawi Under-17 National Football Team like a club to ensure its progress.
Fam General Secretary, Suzgo Nyirenda, spoke about the plans on Tuesday in Blantyre during a press briefing.
He said the Under-17, which won the Cosafa Youth Championship bronze medal in Mauritius, would be participating in regional and continental competitions regularly.
Nyirenda said they had learnt from what happened to the Under-17 class of 2009 that did not graduate into the Flames after qualifying for African Youth Championship and World Youth Cup finals.
Nyirenda said the only way to keep the boys was to run the team like a club, adding that it will be named Fam U-17 Club.
“As Fam, we still cry for the talent of the 2009 Under-17 squad which had the likes of Tony Chitsulo,” Nyirenda explained.
“In fact, we have the Cecafa tournament to be played in Sudan this October. We are trying our best for the team to participate in that tournament.”
He added that the association was talking to their counterparts in Egypt and Ghana for friendly games, including for Malawi Under-20 National Football Team.
“All I can say is that we have more programmes to nurture this [Under-17] team and the best way is to run it as a club for easy operation,” Nyirenda said.
However, the Malawi National Youth Football Association President, Mavuto Missi, appealed to Fam to maintain the Under-17 team.
“The boys are lacking a lot. Some of them face school fees problems and they are struggling to finish their secondary school studies. It would have been important to assist them,” Missi noted.
The Junior Flames arrived in the country on Tuesday afternoon from Mauritius where they finished on position three after beating Kenya 2-0 at the just-ended Cosafa Youth Championship.
The Junior Flames’ Vice-Captain, Peter Banda, was the Cosafa Youth Championship’s Golden Boot awardee with five goals.
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