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National youth Football Association develops strategic plan

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Gomezgani Zakazaka

National youth Football Association (NYFA) is developing a five-year strategic plan aimed at improving youth football.

This was disclosed during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at Red Zebra Lodge in Salima District over the weekend.

NYFA treasurer Tiyenkhu Chavula, who is championing the formulation of the strategic plan, said the association was hoping for coordinated approach in grassroots football once the strategic plan has been completed.

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“For a long time, football associations have been administering the game without proper strategic plan. I have been in football administration for close to 10 years but there is no coordinated approach in the way we do things. We believe that if we bring the strategic plan it will bring a common objective among the stakeholders so that we add value and also maximize the benefits of the game,” he said.

Chavura said the association was also looking for more partners to develop the game at grassroots. First Capital Bank is the official sponsor of the Under-20 League in the country but the bank did not commit to sponsor this season due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Youth Development Officer James Sangala said they will allocate more resources to go towards youth football.

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“We learnt a lot of things through the meeting. There is a dire need for football equipment especially at grassroots so going forward we will try to lobby the executive committee to allocate more resources to grassroots football,” he said.

The delegates also approved expenditure and activity reports.

Fam Competitions and Communications Director, Gomezgani Zakazaka and Fam executive committee member Chimango Munthali were also present during the meeting. NYFA is expected to hold an elective meeting in December this year.

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