BY DRAXON MALOYA
The country’s soccer governing body, (FAM)’s second vice president, Othaniel Hara has hailed Mzimba District Education Sports desk office for taking a leading role in drilling rural, primary and secondary school teachers on modern football coaching basics.
Hara expressed his sentiments following an initiative in which the District Education Sports desk officer for Mzimba North is training a total of 27 coaches who will be teaching students basic techniques about football.
In an interview after launching the course, FAM’s third in command said this course is fundamental for the growth of football in the country which will go a long way in providing a pool of players hence strengthening the Malawi national soccer teams at all levels.
“Football Association of Malawi can’t do grassroots football without the ministry of education, having Mzimba North district organizing such an event through the sports desk office is something which we are grateful for,” said Hara
On her part District Education Sports desk officer for Mzimba North, Slyveria Chalira said her office conducted this course considering that the region is challenged with poor sports administration.
“When I went around the zones I noticed that there is a very big knowledge gap in all sporting disciplines so I started priotizing football because it’s a sport which is liked by many and it easily played everywhere, so this course is a starting point in older for the teachers to have knowledge on football coaching,” Said Chalira
Chalira added that the initiative will roll out to all the zones and make sure that each zone at least has an expert in child football development.
The 7 day football coaching course is being facilitated by Benjamin Kumwenda who is the technical development officer who is responsible for coach education and grassroots football at FAM.
The training has brought together 7 women and 20 men sports teachers respectively who are training at Ekwendeni Community day secondary school who at the end of the course they will be holders of the CAF D license