Finally CAF has approved its B licence new coaching course outline and Football Association of Malawi (FAM) is expected to hold the training during off-season.
Relief will be the prevalent feeling among some top local coaches who have waited for the past couple of years to get the badge.
Confirming the development, FAM technical director John Kaputa was quoted by MBC Radio 2FM as having said that the course will be held next year before the 2020 season kicks off.
“The time-table has been approved by the Confederation of African Football [CAF], but there are some conditions attached, one of which is that the participants should not be more than 30 and the other is that only coaches that are active will be considered.
“The reason being that after teaching them for a week, the participants should return to their respective clubs for practicals with the players they work with so that facilitators can dully assess them,” he said.
Under-20 national football team coach Peter Mponda and Civil Sporting Club assistant coach Elia Kananji on Wednesday said they were excited with the news.
Mponda, who is also Nyasa Big Bullets assistant coach, said: “Wow! I just can’t express my excitement. I have waited for this good news for some time.
“There has been a lot of talk out there regarding my qualifications and hopefully it is time to shut them up. I just can’t wait.”
Mponda’s appointments into junior and senior national teams coaching roles have drawn criticism from some quarters who argue that without a CAF B licence, he is not fit to coach national sides.
On his part, Kananji said: “I am happy that finally I will have a chance to upgrade as I have previously lost jobs and even missed job opportunities because I do not have the required B licence badge. This not only applies to me, but other colleagues as well.”
Apart from Mponda and Kananji, some top coaches that do not have the B licence include Flames assistant coach LovemoreFazili, Under-17 national team assistant coach Temwa Msuku and Be Forward Wanderers assistant coaches Oscar Kaunda and Albert Mpinganjira.
The delay to hold the course in the past two years restricted over 70 CAF C licence coaches from attaining the CAF-B badge, which is a required minimum qualification to be head coach for a TNM Super League club.
The course was postponed twice in 2018 after CAF came up with the new syllabus following the recent introduction of the elite pro-coaching licence.