By Wisdom Ngwira
Mzuzu, March 11, Mana: Re-elected Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) Chairperson, Lameck Khonje has disclosed plans to start approaching government departments at district level for support in football development.
Khonje, who was over the weekend given a fresh four-year mandate unopposed to lead NRFA, said football is an integral part of development, hence the plan.
“You are aware that government departments at district level all strive to promote various developments. So, as an association running football in the region, we felt it is necessary to start approaching these departments because football is also an integral part of development.
“We believe that government departments at district level have various technical skills that can be mainstreamed in football development,” said Khonje.
The NRFA boss said the football world has for long neglected government departments at district level, which he said has contributed to under development of the sport.
“Reliance on private the sector to help in the development of the game is not enough. We have always neglected government departments,” he said.
He said, if these departments are properly used, they may mainstream football-related activities in their usual activities and help in its development.
Recently, a renowned local soccer pundit, George Chiusiwa highlighted on the need of involving various sectors in the management of the football sport if it is to develop.