FAM has clarified that the association’s executive committee (ex-co) will appoint Under-20 national team assistant coach from a list of coaches recommended by head coach Patrick Mabedi.
FAM technical director (TD) John Kaputa made the clarification yesterday following concerns from National Football Coaches Associations (NFCA) on reports that the former Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach had picked former Flames captain Joseph Kamwendo as his assistant and Stevie Madeira as the team manager.
NFCA complained to FAM that Kamwendo is not qualified since he holds FAM C licence when the position requires someone with a CAF B badge.
Reacting to the concerns, Kaputa faulted NFCA for jumping the gun when the appointments have not yet been made.
The TD said the FAM executive committee is the appointing authority for the posts and not the coach.
He said:“Mabedi was appointed as Under-20 national team coach by government after successful interview. According to procedure, I gave him the list of qualified coaches from where he has to recommend at least five coaches he would like to work with.
“As of now, he has not done that. All that is circulating is just a rumour. I am yet to meet him on the matter. But once he submits the list of the names of the coaches he would like to work with, I will present the list to the FAM technical and youth subcommittee. They in turn will submit the names to the FAM ex-co which is the appointing authority.”
Kaputa said NFCA should have waited for the process to conclude before reacting to the rumours.
Despite media reports on the appointment of Kamwendo, Mabedi has refused to comment on the issue, saying he is not yet done.
However, former Flames captain Peter Mponda supported the decision to pick Kamwendo, saying it would help develop his coaching career.
“JK needs to be close to people such as Mabedi. It will benefit him and the country,” he said. n