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Walter Nyamilandu academy launch today

The launching ceremony of Football Association of Malawi (Fam) President Walter Nyamilandu’s football academy is set for today at Chiwembe Stadium in Blantyre.

The academy’s manager, Dan Makiyi, said Nyamilandu had finalised establishing necessary structures to ensure its sustainability.

“The president started planning about this a long time ago and is slowly implementing his vision. He has been mobilising resources all this time and it is now time for structures to be put in place.

“We have Chancy Nsema as coach and Joseph Kamwendo as first assistant. The president has partners who are supporting the project for it to be sustainable. He is not rushing things and this is why we are starting it on non-residential basis,” Makiyi said He said the partnerships would help the academy to develop Malawi football and export players to European markets.

The academy operates under the Walter Nyamilandu Foundation whose Media Liaison Officer, Kandani Ngwira, said the environment was conducive for the launch.

“Everything has fallen into place now and we just have to hit the ground running. The conditions are right to introduce another player on the grassroots football development stage. This is the academy’s way of giving back to society,” Ngwira said.

He said the project was crucial because it will be a nursery for grooming future players.

“It is also in keeping with the country’s football development blueprint which places emphasis on youth football as the bedrock for talent identification, grooming and development to increase the country’s conveyor belt for talent,” Ngwira said.

He added that the academy had started on a non-residential basis to ensure sustainability.

“Of course there are potential partners who want to come in and assist in the running of the academy, but we just have to get started. When the time is right, we will unveil them,” Ngwira concluded.

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