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Sports Minister demands standards

Malawi National Council of Sports and the Football Association of Malawi have been dared to ensure that member associations perform to the best of standards.

This call is an offshoot of the discussion The new minister of Sports Ulemu Msungama had with   MNCS and FAM top officials in Blantyre.

Largely, the discussions are part of the minister’s Orientation Program to familiarise himself with the country’s Sport structures.

“MNCS must ensure that affliates perform to the best of standards. Why must Associations that gets funding from government operate without secretariat, queried the minister.

During the discussions, Msungama alsonstressed that the Tonse Alliance led administration government views all sporting disciplines as equal.

“The Tonse administration regards all sporting disciplines as equal as such this government will treat all Associations equally”.

The Malawi National Council of Sports operates using the 1974 Act and the minister says there is need for a review in order to enable the council operate in line with modern trends.

On his part, MNCS acting Executive Secretary Henry Mereka appraised the minister on a number of developments that the council has been undertaking.

“We are renovating Blantyre Youth Centre, construction works for the floodlights installed Hockey pitch which includes administration  blocks and spectator stands is almost complete and this is apart from plans to construct a youth centre and the hosting the 2022 All Africa.

Despite facing inadequate financial resources due to a huge demand from Associations, we have earmarked 2021 as a benchmark for Associations to set up secretariats and are requested to produce audited accounts before any government subversion is released”, said Mereka.

Later in a meeting with Football Association of Malawi management team led by President Walter Nyamilandu, the Minister commended the Association for the infrastructure developments that have taken place at the facility.

He however, bemoaned the continued poor run in form of national teams and dwindling standards of the game of football since Malawi last qualified for AFCON in 2010.

“All these plausible developments are being eroded by the mere fact that the standards of foorball have gone down.

There’s need for the Association to conduct a soul searching in order to turn the table around and make Malawi football prosperous again, said Msungama.

The Sports Minister also condemned direct or indirect involvement into politics by some FA offcials, a direct rebuke on FAM President Walter Nyamilandu whose picture in a DPP blue barrate went viral soon after the Tonse Administration was ashured in on June 23.

Responding to the minister’s observations Nyamilandu said;” There’s nothing much to say on what the minister has talked about. We talked these things over in his office in Lilongwe hours before this meeting.

It will be disrespectful on my part to make comments on the sentiments suffice to stress that i do not belong to any political party”, he said.

In welcoming the new minister,  the Malawi National Council of Sports presented a tracksuit whereas FAM handed a flames replica Jersey to the Minister.

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