The Malawi Schools Sports Association (MASSA) has accused Football Association of Malawi (FAM) of monopolizing the run of the affairs for the Malawi U17 team despite their agreement to work hand in hand.
MASSA President Blackson Malamula told www.smashmw.com that FAM has been reluctant to comply with their agreement on the procedures to follow when selecting U17 players and officials.
According to Malamula, the two bodies agreed that that MASSA should contribute players from primary school competitions to Malawi U17 which is not happening.
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“We don’t have good relationship with FAM as of now. Last time we had a meeting where we agreed that we will be contributing players for U17 from our competitions which they don’t comply”
“We also agreed that the team Manager for U17 should be appointed from MASSA but, you are my witness, we are sidelined. This is a worrisome development because I believe U17 players must be primary school pupils and we know their ages very well because they play in our competitions each and every year,” he said.
Malamula further said FAM is doing this deliberately because they want eminent results from over aged players.
“They want eminent results that’s why they overlooked us, this is the main reason our football is not improving because they don’t want right candidates to represent this country,” he added.
Malawi U17 travelled in South Africa with a 20 member squad to where they will take part in COSAFA Junior challenge which is expected to kick start on 19th November.
By Erik Chiputula