Veteran coach Young Chimodzi has explained his absence from the ongoing Confederation of African Football (CAF) C Licence Coaching Course, saying he is attending to somew private issues.
John Kaputa, Football Association of Malawi technical director and course facilitator, told The Nation at the weekend that out of the 28 coaches that were invited, only Silver Strikers coach had not given reasons for his failure to attend.
Said Kaputa: “Out of the 28 local elite coaches, including those based outside the country, 24 have shown up.
“From the four that have not pitched up, only young Chimodzi has not communicated to me on the reasons for his failure.”
He said Kinnah Phiri and Kamuzu Barracks mentor Alick Chirwa are expected to report this week.
“Kinnah excused himself because his Tanzanian club Mbeya Stars had a crucial game at the weekend while Chirwa lost his mother, but we expect them this coming week. The other one, whom I have just forgotten the name, is sitting for examinations at Mzuzu University,” explained Kaputa.
But Chimodzi yesterday cleared the air surrounding his absence saying: “I have a personal problem which I am attending to. Initially, I thought I would join them later on, but with the turn of events, it appears I will not make it.
“But I would have really loved to attend the course.”
The course, which started on October 31 will run up to December 12 and will cover both practical and theory. The first module will run up to November 14 while the second module will run from November 28 to December 12.
The high-profile coaches attending the course include Jack Chamangwana, Eddingtone Ng’onamo, Yasin Osman, Ernest Mtawali, Patrick Mabedi, Leo Mpulula, Franco Ndawa, Gilbert Chirwa, Gerald Phiri, Patricio Kulemeka, Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan, Meke Mwase and Aubrey Nankhuni. n