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Malawi scores highly in Football for Health

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Fifa Envoy has said Malawi is among the countries that have successfully implemented the Fifa-11-For Health programme.

The project was introduced in the country in 2012 as Fifa wanted to equip its affiliates with social and health skills.

Regional Project Leader in Africa for Fifa-11-Football Health, David Thiru of Kenya, was in the country to monitor the progress of the project and visited some sites.

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Speaking at Mudi Primary in Lunzu, Blantyre, Thiru said Malawi was among countries, such as Ghana and Kenya, that had successfully implemented the initiative.

“The programme is quite beneficial to the community because youngsters learn basic football skills and interpret them with things that happen in the society. I am impressed with how Malawi has implemented the project and the strides that have been made,” he said.

Thiru hailed government and Football Association of Malawi (Fam) for supporting the initiative.

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Fam Technical Director, John Kaputa, said the programme had reached 360 primary schools across the country.

“All the stakeholders involved in this year’s project have played a crucial role to reach this far. We have seen a lot of youngsters expressing their interest to join the project,” he said.

Mudi Primary School sports teachers, David Scova and Sliveria Kambalame, said the project was transforming pupils.

Pupils at the school, Isaiah Banda and Olivia Chiteno, said they were delighted to be part of the project.

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