Dwangwa United are the latest Super League club to join the scramble for CAF B licence coaches by roping in former Prison United mentor McDonald Mtetemera.
This follows Football Association of Malawi (FAM) recommendation that with effect from next season, all Super League teams should employ CAF B Licenceholders as coaches. Other teams such as Civo United signed former Dedza Young Soccer trainer Milias Pofera Jegwe, newly-promoted Chilumba Barracks hired former Mafco coach Stereo Gondwe while Max Bullets roped in Leo Mpulula.
Confirming the Mtetemera deal, Dwangwa team manager David Mwandira said they have offered him the job because the current coach Ladwell Junior Mbetewa, who has the required qualifications, has got other commitments which might affect the team’s performance in the top-flight league.
“Mr Mbetewa is still with us. However, he can’t commit himself fully because he has a job at Illovo. We need somebody to work with him,” he said.
Mwandira said Mtetemera has accepted the offer: “We gave him a contract a few days ago and he has just confirmed today (yesterday) that he will take up the job. We are pleased to have him because he is an experienced coach.”
Meanwhile, Pofera Jegwe has promised to make Civo United more competitive in the Super League after it finished on position 10 while the previous year it secured position four.
“People will see the best of me at Civo. I struggled at Dedza because we had a lot of problems such as lack of funds to travel and pay players,” Jegwe, who failed to steer Dedza away from relegation, said.
Jegwe replaces Oscar Kaunda who guided the Civil Servants to the Standard Bank Cup. However, the mentor does not have the B licence.
On his part, Stereo Gondwe has vowed to ensure that Chilumba Barracks remain in the Super League.
“I know it’s a difficult challenge but I am optimistic that we will survive relegation,” he said.