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James Sangala, Moffat off to South Africa

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By Mphatso Malidadi:

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has sent two technical officials to South Africa for a two-day Confederation of African Football (Caf) equipment physical fitness workshop.

Fam Youth Football Development Officer James Sangala and National Referees Fitness instructor Moffat Champiti were selected for the course which aims at equipping technical officials with skills on how to use electronic physical fitness performance devices for monitoring the performance of athletes.

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Fam Competitions and Communications Director, Gomezgani Zakazaka, said Caf donated the equipment to each member association including Malawi in May last year following the decision of its Executive Committee meeting on January 10 2018 in Casablanca, Morocco.

“Each member association received 50 kits consisting of 25 physical fitness devices and 25 heart rate monitors, three charging hubs, 50 vests, one carrier bag, an antenna for live data and a specific laptop which can be used by more than one national team at the same time,” Zakazaka said.

He said the objective of the donation is to protect African football players as well as help in improving their performance, reducing injuries, decreasing sudden cardiac arrests and reduce fatalities.

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Zakazaka said the course is crucial for the development of football across the continent.

Sangala added that the equipment received includes an electronic device which is a physical performance measuring tool for outdoor sports worn by players on the chest to collect data which is then synchronised at the end of a game or training on a laptop or a mobile device.

“After the course, we will be able to start using the gadgets which will help us get scientific assessments on how fit our players are as well as identifying good players. We are expected to transfer the knowledge to all elite coaches across the country,” he said.

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