MAs and govt collaboration vital in Infrastructure development

  • May 15, 2019
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FAM President and FIFA Council Member Walter Nyamilandu has described a good working relationship between Football Associations and respective governments in Africa as critical in the development of football infrastructure.

Nyamilandu ( seated Centre) with FIFA delegates and participants

Nyamilandu made the remarks when he officially opened a two-day FIFA Infrastructure workshop, that has attracted 34 participants from 15 African countries, at the Ryalls hotel in Blantyre.

He said  MAs need support from authorities to obtain land as it is important to build facilities on their owned plots .

“ Most MAs have failed to make progress in infrastructure development due to poor working relationship with respective governments.

“On top of  land, governments offer other incentives like tax holidays on construction materials. So as MAs we must ensure that we engage and maintain good working relationships with relevant government agencies like ministry of lands, city assemblies and indeed revenue authorities for easy execution of infrastructure projects,” he said.

Nyamilandu said the workshop is important as it tackles the backbone of football development .

“You may have willing players, football equipment, eager fans but there will be no football if you have no space to play. For organized football under our respective federations, it is not just about space but proper infrastructures to reflect the modern times we are leaving in.

“Therefore, it is paramount that we learn the best practices and professionalize our FAs on how to use the meager resources to upgrade and maintain the facilities.

“Good infrastructure cannot come on its own without good advice – that’s why we call upon our technical experts to guide us over the course of two days on the best practices in terms of infrastructure development,” he said

FIFA Football Facilities and Income Generation Programmes Manager Daniel Krebs said the workshop is aimed at helping MAs strategically reflect with experts in the fields of engineering, architecture and project management, aiming at developing sports facilities.

“ We are not here to turn the MAs officials into experts but give them insights on the best practices to do with infrastructure management.

“ At the end of the two days participants should be able to, among others,  appreciate what it takes to build sustainable and accessible infrastructures that meet international standards, adopt best practices from colleagues as well as get all the necessary methodology they need to implement their current and future infrastructure projects.

The participants have come from Cape Verde, Egypt, Eritrea, Eswatini, Gambia, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

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