Fifa has appointed former Football Association of Malawi (FAM) technical director John Kaputa as technical expert on a two-year contract effective October 1 2021.
In an interview yesterday, he described the offer as an honour not only to him, but also the country ar large.
Kaputa said he was grateful to the world football governing body for assigning him after he retired as FAM technical director in June.
He said: “I received a letter from Fifa sometime offering me a contract. After scrutinising the contract as advised, I accepted. I was appointed on October 1 and I will do all I can to impress.”
Kaputa said his job entails working as a mentor to coaches educators, formerly known as coaches instructors.
“They want me to use my knowledge and experience to advise coaches instructors whenever they have courses. I will also be conducting courses if there is that need,” he said.
Kaputa said his first assignment was in Gambia, where he went for a week-long course last week where he said he left a mark.
FAM president Walter Nyamilandu said Kaputa’s appointment would inspire local coaches to dream big.
He said: “We are delighted that Fifa has appointed former technical director John Kaputa as one of the mentors of coaches educators in Africa. We are happy that the work he was doing at FAM has been recognised by Fifa.
“This is an admirable achievement that will inspire other local coaches and it augurs well for the nation as it puts Malawi on the map.”
In his reaction, sports marketing analyst Kevin Moyo said: “To him it is a great personal achievement in as far as his career is concerned and for the country.”
Football analyst and former FAM acting general secretary George Kaudza-Masina commended Kaputa, saying he deserved it.
He said: “The fact that Fifa has recognised Kaputa is not surprising. This will help motivate our local coaches to emulate Kaputa’s feat.”