German Embassy supports Women’s Football in Malawi
Enlarge image Johannes Scharlau, Deputy Head of the German Mission is handing over German women's footbal jerseys to Catherine Mkuntha of the Malawian Women's Football Committee (© Gregor Suchan)
Women’s football might be comparably new to Malawi. But since its first beginnings in 1996, there have been many positive developments. Regional committees have been established as well as women’s leagues and cups. One example is the nationwide FIFA/FAM U20 Cup, which is about to kick off next month. However, women’s football in Malawi is still at the beginning of their journey and suffers from a lack of funding. One result is that players only have very few international games.
On August 20th 2014 Mr. Johannes Scharlau, Deputy Head of Mission, and Mr. Gregor Suchan welcomed a delegation representing women’s football in Malawi to the Embassy. The delegation included Vice National Chairlady Mrs. Catherine Mkuntha and Treasurer Winnie Nyondo of the Malawis Women’s Football Association as well as representatives from the Central Region football committee and active players.
Enlarge image Handover of jerseys of the German Women's Football Nationalteam to the Malawian Women's Football Committee by Johannes Scharlau (© Gregor Suchan)
In the past 50 years the Federal Foreign Office and its partners have supported more than 1,300 sporting projects in 100 countries as part of its International Sports Promotion. During the meeting with the Malawi delegation, Mr. Scharlau expressed his hope that there might be specific technical support for women’s football in Malawi from Germany in the future.
The German Women’s National Team, two times World Champion and eight times European Champion, had sent a special gift for the occasion: a set of official match jerseys and shorts used by the team during the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Together with the German Women’s Team, the German Embassy wishes the best of luck to Women’s football in Malawi and a lot of success along the way.