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Malawi soccer history book hits market

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Alfred Gunda

A book detailing the history of football in the country is finally on the market after 10 years of research.

The newly published book, titled A History of Nyasaland and Malawi Football, was authored by United Kingdom-based Malawian writer Mario Antoine.

During the launch of the book in Blantyre recently, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) purchased five copies at K40,000 each.

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Antoine told Fam website that he was excited to publish the book. “I am very excited to share what I researched on how football started in Malawi. If I have time, I will start working on the second edition and I hope it will be ready in two years,’’ he said.

In the first edition, Antoine outlines the history of Malawi football from the colonial to the post-colonial era covering the period between 1935 and 1969.

Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, said the book is turning back the hands of time.

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“It is a critical piece of Malawi football history. We can only be able to work on innovations and improvements if we know our history. Statistics do not lie,” Gunda said.

Football legend Yasin Osman said the book is a way of preserving the history of Malawi football.

“It will open our eyes. The truth will be exposed as people will be able to follow our football history,’’ Osman said.

The first edition states the origins of association football in 1948 after the formation of Nyasaland Football Association which was for expatriates and indigenous people’s Nyasaland African Football Association.

After Malawi attained independence in 1964, the two formed one body called Malawi Football Association which is now Fam.

The second edition of the book is expected to detail the history of Malawi football from 1970 to 1999 whereas the final one will cover the period ranging from 2000 to date.

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