Maggie Chombo Sadik, one of women’s football pioneers, says she is honoured to be appointed as women’s national team coach.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) appointed Chombo Sadik to lead the national team at the forthcoming Cosafa Women’s Championship in South Africa next month.
“I feel honoured to be given this opportunity to coach the national team. It is a dream for every coach to manage a national team of their country and I don’t take this for granted. I am excited to be the first woman to be in charge of national team in Malawi and I will do my best to deliver,” she said.
Chombo Sadik replaces Stuart Mbolembole who resigned recently.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) A coaching licence holder leads a seven-member technical panel.
She will be deputised by Abel Mkandawire as first assistance coach and former Flames international Andrew Chikhosi as second assistant coach.
Her appointment comes after Council for Southern Africa Football Association (Cosafa) encouraged its members to let women take a leading role on women’s football.
FAM technical director John Kaputa said it was high time a female coach took over the women’s national team coaching job.
“I think Maggie is the perfect candidate for job. She is qualified and vastly experienced,” he said.
Chombo Sadik has been assistant coach to male national team coaches Temwa Msuku, Thom Nkorongo and recently, Mbolembole.
The former national team captain also owns women’s team side Blantyre Zero FC and Maggie Chombo Football Academy which participates in men’s FMB Under-20 league. n