NM Super League coaches that do not have Confederation of African Football (CAF) B and A licences can afford a sigh of relief after Football Association of Malawi set aside K20 million (about $30 000) for the coaching courses.
Mabvuto Lungu of Nyasa Big Bullets, Elia Kananji of Be Forward Wanderers and Civo United former coach Oscar Kaunda were recently affected by FAM directive that only CAF B licence holders can coach Super League clubs.
Lungu and Kananji were demoted at their clubs while Kaunda was fired.
But the coaches can now undergo the training later this year according to FAM vice-president James Mwenda who also chairs the technical subcommittee.
Mwenda said: “We want to fast track the programme and conduct the courses this year. It is important that the number of elite coaches increase significantly. It is only through having properly trained coaches that standards of football can improve.
“We understand that many coaches were unhappy, when we said only B licensed coaches should coach Super League clubs, but the good news is that most of these coaches have been given the opportunity to earn that qualification. It is now up to them to work hard during the CAF C licence as to qualify for CAF B then eventually CAF A.”
Former Mafco and Kamuzu Barracks coach Temwa Msuku, who is one of the coaches without the qualification and recently underwent CAF C licence in Dedza, received FAM announcement with gratitude.
“If that is true, it is good news indeed. My fellow coaches and I are looking forward to that,” said Msuku.
The CAF C coaching course in Dedza was organised by Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa), but financed by Malawi National Council of Sports and Ministry of Education. n