Walter Nyamilandu, the president of the Football Association of Malawi (FAM), has unveiled an ambitious manifesto as he seeks what he refers to as a final term leading the soccer governing body.
Nyamilandu’s ambitious plans outline a practical execution strategy that aims to drive positive change, elevating expectations within the organization.
During the manifesto launch broadcasted on Mibawa Television, several soccer enthusiasts, including Raphael Humba, the chairperson of the Southern Region Football Association (SRFA), expressed interest in seeing how Nyamilandu aims to fulfill the expectations and instigate desired improvements within the association.
His research-based manifesto covers various aspects, focusing on bridging gaps in Men’s football, Women’s football, Beach Soccer, Talent identification, and Coach education, intending to bring Malawi closer to global football standards.
Nyamilandu provided a clear illustration of how referees’ recruitment and development in schools will enhance referee accountability.
The manifesto also details a robust plan for modern infrastructure, envisioning the construction of a new 40,000-seater stadium in Blantyre. Nyamilandu also highlighted the implementation of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology for high-profile matches.
Plans to relocate the FAM offices to Lilongwe and dedicate Mpira village to Women’s Football are also part of Nyamilandu’s vision.
His new initiative, ‘Bridging the Gap’, an upgrade from ‘Raising the Bar’, aims to build a 5-Star Hotel in Lilongwe, with proceeds supporting grassroots football at the new center of excellence.
Nyamilandu also emphasized electronic and online ticketing to combat financial inefficiencies and fraud.
Furthermore, the manifesto provides a clear roadmap for the senior Malawi national team to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Morocco and next year’s World Cup.
Regarding national team player incentives, Nyamilandu pledged substantial game bonuses, including US$1000 for the Flames and Scorchers during the World Cup, US$500 for AFCON, and US$250 for the Confederation of Southern Africa Football Association (COSAFA) games, aiming to motivate and reward the players’ achievements.