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.
Second Goal project
On 15 March 2006, the Goal Bureau gave its official backing to a proposed extension to the association's first Goal project, a national technical centre that opened on 20 February 2005. Several pitches and changing rooms will be added as well as a cafeteria for those taking part in courses and training camps at the centre. The overall cost of the project will fall within the amount allocated by the Goal Programme and the facilities will be constructed on land donated by the country's government.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Extension to technical centre in Blantyre
Project approved on
15 March 2006
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000