The Central East Education Division (Ceed) in partnership with the Malawi Coaches Association (MCA) has organised a 10-day FAM C Licence coaching course at Madise Secondary School in Dowa.
The course, which started on Saturday, has drawn 58 coaches from Lilongwe, Salima, Ntchisi, Dowa, Mchinji, Kasungu, Mzimba, Ntcheu and Blantyre.
Apart from prominent officials from Silver Strikers, Civo United, Big Bullets and Epac FC, most participants are sports teachers from different schools.
Ceed general secretary Obert Mkandawire said the course comes against the background of news that most sports teachers were not conversant with coaching.
“It was our ideas, to have this course, but due to financial limitations, we approached the Malawi Coaches Association [MCA] on the way forward. To cater for logistics, we agreed that each participant will have to contribute some kind of cash. This course is self-funded,” said Mkandawire.
Mkandawire said over K850 000 was raised through individual contributions and half of the figure has gone towards facilitators’ fees.
Some of the facilitators are Football Association of Malawi (FAM) technical director John Kaputa, who dwelled on theory of the game, CAF Instructor Benjamin Kumwenda as a practical and theory facilitator, Martha Nyekanyeka, who is is responsible for laws of the games, Matthews Ngondo, who is responsible for sports medicines while Edington Ng’onomo will expand on theory and laws of the game.
FAM executive member James Mwenda, who represented Walter Nyamilandu during the opening ceremony on Monday, praised the participants.
“This is commendable and encouraging. It shows how committed you are to achieving your goals. As FAM, we promise to fund the next level course,” said Mwenda.