With Ernest Mtawali appointed national team coach in the summer, The FIFA Weekly paid the Malawian legend a visit. The recent launch of regional U-15 leagues across the country also marked the start of a FIFA pilot project aimed at forging a link between grassroots football and the national team.
In his weekly column, the acting FIFA President reflects on youth development, and believes that promoting talent in a targeted way at national level will pave the way for a bright footballing future.
In an interview, the Mali and Monaco midfielder discusses the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, being named player of the tournament and his passion for music.
Salford City, based in the industrial town of the same name near Manchester, are aiming high with prominent support from Ryan Giggs, Gary and Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt.
Germany reserve goalkeeper Heinrich Kwiatkowski was on the receiving end during his FIFA World Cup appearances in Switzerland in 1954 and in Sweden in 1958, conceding 14 goals in just two matches.