The number of qualified female coaches in Malawi is set to increase as two women have been short-listed for Caf B coaching course expected to start on July 7.
National Football Coaches Association (NFCA) short-listed 30 coaches for the course out of the 55 who applied and according to list released on Wednesday, Caroline Phiri (coach educator) and Karen Chaula from Ntopwa FC are the only female coaches.
After completion of the course, Phiri and Chaula will be eligible to coach a TNM Super League side. Interestingly, Chaula became the first female coach to manage a Super League side last season but she failed to save her side from relegation.
Phiri said it was an honour for her to be short-listed for the course alongside Chaula.
“It will be an eye opener for me and I hope to gain more knowledge. I am a coach educator, I will continue to impart knowledge gained to up and coming coaches,” Phiri said.
The list comprises highly respected Super League coaches including Blue Eagles Coach Elia Kananji, Nyasa Big Bullets Assistant Coach Peter Mponda, Civil Service United Assistant Coach Oscar Kaunda and Mighty Wanderers Assistant Coach Albert Mpinganjira.
Former Flames assistant coach Lovemore Fazili, former Flames team manager Clement Kafwafwa, Nyasa Big Bullets Reserve Coach Enos Chatama, Silver Strikers Assistant Coach Peter Mgangira and Moyale Barracks Coach Pritchard Mwansa have also been short-listed.
However, the list is subject to Caf confirmation. NFCA General Secretary Davie Mpima said other coaches will be considered in the near future.
“We short-listed only active coaches and who are also affiliated to our association,” Mpima said.
Former Mafco Coach Temwa Msuku and former Kamuzu Baracks Coach Teddie Kalinda have also been short-listed.
However, the two are outside the country on military assignments.
Mpima said the two coaches are expected to be available for the coaching course.
Fam Technical Director Benjamin Kumwenda was excited about the course.
“We have been working on achieving all the criteria which include programme, detailed course syllabus, examination procedure, head of coach education, technical structure, CV for instructors, coach registration system as well as coach education activities which we fulfilled in 2021,” Kumwenda told Fam website.
Caf stopped the courses in 2016 as Member Associations were directed to develop custom tailored manual which Malawi drafted in 2020.