Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has explained that a change in dates for the German FA funded advanced coaching course is the reason for Nyasa Big Bullets coach Mabvuto Lungu’s failed trip to Germany.
Lungu was supposed to go for the course alongside Blue Eagles coach Dekleck Msakakuwona last year.
However, only Msakakuwona made the trip in September 2015 after FAM announced that Lungu would go for the training in January this year.
FAM general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda yesterday said Lungu was still in their plans to go for the training session.
He said FAM had asked their counterparts in Germany who promised to furnish them with the new dates once they are set.
“We wrote them to inquire when [Mabvuto] Lungu can travel to Germany for the course,” Nyirenda said yesterday. “They have promised to come back to us once the dates are set.”
Nyirenda, however, said the development means the coach will have to go to Germany after a Confederation of African Football (CAF) B Licence course to be held next month.
“As you are aware, Lungu is one of the coaches that have to undergo the CAF B Licence to enable them to coach in the Super League,” he said. “The arrangement is that he should go to Germany after this CAF B course.”
When asked about the trip to Germany, Lungu said he was still waiting for FAM to communicate to him on the new dates.
“They are the ones in a better position to explain everything,” Lungu said.
Meanwhile, Msakakuwona’s results from the course are out.
“The results show that he did well,” said Nyirenda.
FAM is now waiting for the German Embassy to organise a ceremony that will see the Blue Eagles coach receiving his certificate.
Flames coach Ernest Mtawali, Patrick Mabedi and Leo Mpulula are among other coaches that have benefited from the same programme. n