Former Flames mentor Kim Splidsboel says Malawi coaches need to emulate Eddington Ng’onamo in constantly updating their coaching knowledge through study tours and refresher courses if they are to develop.
Splidsboel said this on Sunday when congratulating his ‘student’ Ng’onamo on turning around Big Bullets fortunes in the last two years.
The Dane cited the Presidential Cup trophy and strong league pursuit for Bullets since Ng’onamo took charge of the team last season while staring relegation in the face.
“As I said, the coaches must sometimes go abroad to get new inspiration from different countries—a study tour—and bring back new ideas for the clubs and players to benefit the national team,” he said through e-mail.
“Clubs in Malawi must invest in coaching. Eddie [Ng’onamo] has done that himself and turned around Bullets. Hopefully, I will someday come back to Malawi to conduct a course.”
Speaking when travelling to Kenya for an athletics’ coaching course recently, Ng’onamo said he had for years failed to source money for his Uefa A Licence preparatory course having completed Uefa B course in 2006.
Ng’onamo said his aim was to attain the ceiling Professional Licence which would enable him to coach a national team.
Civo to overhaul after season
Civo United management will overhaul the team at the end of the campaign to arrest inconsistent displays characterised by a leaky defence.
Civo general secretary Rashid Ntelela hinted at the reshuffle on Thursday but stressed that the move would not be a reaction to the 3-0 thrashing by Lilongwe rivals, Silver Strikers, on Saturday.
“After the season, we will look at the whole set-up. What has been happening in the recent games is that we play well and end up conceding many goals. There is something wrong technically,” Ntelela explained.
Saturday’s defeat undermined Civo’s Super League title prospects as they lie sixth on 35 points, 10 points behind leaders Blantyre United. It was the second defeat in five games of three wins for stand-in coach Thom Mkolongo.
“So far, so good. We cannot judge him based on the single result. It was part of the game,” Ntelela said about Mkolongo who stepped in for fired Alex Masanjala.
No breather in Chipiku League
There will be no first round recess in the K5 million (about $14 705) Chipiku Lilongwe and Districts Football League (LDFL) whose first round ends on Sunday with two games.
Premier Division leaders Maicc FC will host Airborne Rangers whereas Mua Medicals play against Msanama United in Divison Two.
LDFL fixtures secretary Edman Msokera told Nation Online on Wednesday that the second round will start on January 12.
“We will not rest because we do not have much time. We target to finish the league at the end of March. The first round has been prolonged due to setbacks such as play-offs in Division Two and scarcity of fuel,” said Msokera.
“We want the winning team to have ample time to prepare for the Super League. Second round fixtures have already been made and teams will receive them in advance,” he said.
In a related development, Msokera said due to the offset of the rains, games will now be starting at 2pm to allow visiting teams to return in good time.