11 more coaches to understudy RVG
National Coaches Association (NCA) has selected 11 coaches to understudy Malawi National Football Team Coach, Ronny van Geneugden (RVG), on rotational basis.
The list includes Patrick Kulemeka, Abel Mkandawire, Maggie Chombo-Sadiki and Aubrey Nankhuni from the Southern Region and Millias Pofera, Lovemore Fazili, Meke Mwase, Davie Mpima and Benjamin Kumwenda from the Central Region.
Kulemeka coaches Azam Tigers whereas Mkandawire is in charge of Blantyre Rural Team which plays in Fifa-Fam Under-16 League.
Chombo-Sadiki is Malawi Women’s National Football Team’s Assistant Coach and Pofera was, until recently, an assistant coach of Mzuni.
Kumwenda is Masters Security FC’s Technical Director whereas Fazili coaches Silver Strikers. Mwase and Mpima coach lower league teams in the Central Region.
Northern Region coaches earmarked to understudy the Belgian are Charles Kamanga and Alex Ngwira from Moyale Barracks and Mzuni, respectively.
Kulemeka and Mkandawire were, on Tuesday, spotted at Chiwembe Ground with the national team coach as part of the first group understudying him.
RVG is drilling the Under-20 squad at Mpira Village in Blantyre.
The rest of the coaches will be attached to the national teams later, NCA General Secretary, Mpima, confirmed the development.
“We had several meetings with Football Association of Malawi (Fam) and we agreed that the coaches should be part of the team’s training sessions. We have only chosen paid up members and those that are coaching actively,” Mpima said.
He said the idea was to ensure that the coaches learn from the Belgian.
Kulemeka, who is Southern Region Coaches Association Chairperson, has welcomed the initiative.
“It is an opportunity for us to appreciate the philosophy and methodology being implemented. It is an eye-opener for us the coaches. It has helped me to grow as a coach and learn my short falls,” Kulemeka said.
Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, said the coaches would be attached to RVG during camp training.
“The main idea is for them to understand the philosophy being implemented at the national team level,” Gunda said.
Van Geneugden has two permanent assistant coaches, Gerald Phiri senior and Deklerk Msakakuona, whereas Peter Mponda was promoted to assistant coach after serving as team manager.
Since he took over the Flames in April, the Belgian has won twice in nine games.
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