FAM president Walter Nyamilandu has urged local coaches to be versatile by expanding their knowledge through continuous learning.
Nyamilandu said this when he closed a four-day coaching course at the Chiwembe Technical Centre in Blantyre.
He said most local coaches are rigid because they stick to knowledge they learnt many years ago, a situation he said does not work in the modern world.
“We need coaches who are dynamic, coaches who will be able to broaden their knowledge through reading modern books, watching TV and learning from other coaches to be able to make a proper analysis of the current situation.
“We also need coaches who are managers, who can provide leadership, counselling and motivation.
“I urge you to develop hunger for success and to go and help develop our game,” he said.
He also said the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) is committed to improving the capacity of coaches in the country by organising similar training opportunities.
“Last week, we held a CAF B Licence coaching course, now we have just had this one. After the end of the Super League first round, we will also host another one,” said Nyamilandu.
Instructor of the course, Dominique Niyonzima from Burundi, advised the coaches to use the skills they acquired by being active.
“It does not make sense to get such training and sit at home. Even if you do not have clubs, go out and find kids in the street and give them guidance. You should not be coaches on paper, but coaches in practice,” he said.
One of the participants, Aubrey Nankhuni, thanked FAM for the course, saying it helped him refresh his knowledge.
“This course was meant for people who did their training some eight years ago and have never attended any since then,” said Nankhuni.
The course brought together 16 coaches who do not have a CAF C Licence, but have attended courses outside the country and have experience both as coaches and players.