Former Junior Flames and Mighty Wanderers striker Gift Makoloni plans to take up a coaching course in Ireland.
In an interview from Ireland, he said when he retired from active football in 2004 he relocated to Ireland for greener pastures.
Makoloni said he has seen how football is developing in Malawi and that inspired his wish to become a coach.
“I feel obliged to do something for my country. I know that my coaching career will benefit a lot of young talented footballers in my country,” he said.
The former forward said Malawi put him on the map and that now it is time for him to pay back by grooming young football players.
“I am where I am today because of Malawi football so I want to do a little something to support football development. I have approached few people here in Ireland who have promised to help me with sporting materials such as sports equipment and will send these to Malawi,” said Makoloni.
He then urged secondary school students to work hard in their academic studies as well as in sporting disciplines.
Makoloni started his professional football career with Civo Service United when he was at Mitundu Secondary School before joining Wanderers and later Silver Strikers.
Former Civo and Flames player Peterkins Kayira said Football Association of Malawi (FAM) should be flexible to hire ex-players who have potential in football coaching.
“FAM and football administrators and coaches are supposed to be recommending players who demonstrate to have the potential of becoming football coaches to coaching trainings.
“For example, when I was playing for Civo Service United in 1986, I was sent to a coaching course under Zorro Msiska,” he said.
Kayira said players are motivated when they are coached by someone who was a prolific footballer. “I, therefore, commend Makoloni for his aspiration especially that he wants to train as a coach a in a country which is advanced in football, he is going to be an asset to football development in Malawi,” he said.