Football in Malawi
In contrast to sports such as volleyball and basketball, football is played all around Malawi, a country that has been taking part in international competitions since 1964. They struggled at first, losing their first match 12-0 against Ghana on 6 July 1964, a match organised as part of festivities to celebrate independence. The national association quickly learnt from its early mistakes. Malawi have since enjoyed some success, winning the CECAFA (confederation of Central and East African football associations) Cup on three occasions (1978, 1979 and 1988). In 1984, the national team qualified for the finals of the African Nations Cup for the first, and to date only time. In 1987, Malawi reached the semi-finals of the African Games, and in 2002, they reached the Final of the COSAFA (confederation of South African football associations) Cup. Countless players have earned transfers to teams in Southern Africa (South Africa, Tanzania etc). Essau Kanyenda (Rostov, Russia), Dan Chitsulo (FC Cologne, Germany), Meter Mponda and McDonald Yobe (both Ottawa Wizards, Canada) have also played for teams on a different continent.
The first Goal Project
On 29 October 2001, the Goal Bureau approved a technical centre and pitch in Blantyre. FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter attended the ceremony that heralded the laying of the foundation stone. The funds were supplied by Goal, the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme, and the Government, the latter also donating the land needed to realise the project. Due to poor weather conditions, progress in construction work was hampered and the inauguration ceremony could only take place in spring 2005. The national association will use these new facilities to promote football nationwide, with particular focus on youth and women's football. The U-17 team is the reigning COSAFA U-17 Cup holders, and in 2002, the women's national team took part in the inaugural COSAFA Cup in Zimbabwe.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Technical centre and pitch in Blantyre
Project approved
29 October 2001
Opened on 20 February 2005
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 241,591 Government USD 14,325 and Land Total cost USD 655,916