Fifa registered intermediary, Chamunoda Musanhu, has said some of the African players have failed to realise their dream due to language barriers.
Musanhu has advised local football clubs to focus much on language for the players by employing professionals such as teachers to have sessions with the players every week.
“They need to employ professionals like teachers to focus on the players’ lessons at least two hours every week because this is so crucial for the players when they want to play for foreign teams. I do not want to mention names of the players but language barrier has cost many players opportunities to play for top clubs,” he said.
“I had one player from West Africa, who was very good but he could not understand what the coach was saying. For example, the player could not understand English when the coach was telling the player to pass the ball, the player was busy dribbling instead.”
Musanhu is facilitating a deal for Nyasa Big Bullets defender Charles Petro to Moldovan side FC Sherrif Tiraspol.
He is also facilitating trials for Bullets defender Precious Sambani and striker Hassan Kajoke to Ukraine side FC Rukh Lviv.
However, the Zimbabwe-born intermediary said Malawian players have the potential to perform in Europe.
“I have seen Malawi has good players who are marketable and could perform for good clubs in Europe. The players when they clinch deals in Europe, they are marketing the country and the club. It is also building reputation for local football,” he added.
One of the local coaches, Millias Pofera, said for the players to progress they need to have a better understanding of the coaches.
“If the coach and players are not able to understand each other, it is not easy for the players to perform according to expectations,” Pofera said.
Former Be Forward Wanderers Team Manager, Steve Madeira, concurred that language barrier is big problem in football.
“I think we also need to borrow a leaf from other countries where teams have some sessions for language at least once a week. I have interacted with coaches from other countries so for the players to understand they need to be educated,” Madeira said.