Former Football Association of Malawi (Fam) General Secretary, Suzgo Nyirenda, says he considers taking up local football position if the opportunity rises.
Nyirenda, who is based in South Africa serving the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) as Deputy Chief Executive Officer, said he was satisfied with his work at the regional body.
“After putting all systems in place in competitions and administration at Cosafa, I am now contemplating coming back home to practice what I have learnt at Cosafa. I feel I have contributed fully at the zonal level I have added value to the management of competitions and administration in the region.
It is now time to share knowledge gained with my kinsmen,” he said.
Nyirenda also spoke against the use of recycled administrators saying it was a drawback in the development of the game.
“We need good administrators to raise our standards in administration and marketing. Malawi’s football leaves a lot to be desired as we keep on using recycled administrators thereby depriving the game new ideas,” he said.
Nyirenda also felt there was a need to explore new ways of generating income rather than surviving on gate revenue.
“Our club football is not improving as teams still depend on gate proceeds to survive. This has adverse impact on our national football teams’ performance and results. Clubs in Malawi are not doing enough commercially and administratively. We need to engage passionate club administrators with good knowledge and understanding of the game if we are to see meaningful improvement,” he said.
Nyirenda has been at Cosafa since 2016 and also served as Fam GS between 2010 and 2016.
At Cosafa Nyirenda’s main task includes managing competitions and administration of Cosafa Senior men and women, Cosafa under-17 boys and girls and also Cosafa under-20 boys and girls.
Meanwhile, one of the local football analysts George Kaudza-Masina said Nyirenda had demonstrated high level of maturity after hinting on his return.
“This guy has a proper high paying job and attained high level experience in the football administration during his four year stay at Cosafa. If he says he wants to come back and help our local game then I will say it is a welcome development,” he said.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.