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24 coaches pass Caf B licence test

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Eliya Kananji

The writing is on the wall for six local coaches after they failed to make the grade during the Confederation of African Football (Caf) B Coaching Course conducted in July this year.

Out of the 30 local coaches, 24 have passed the examinations whereas six failed.

This means the six coaches will wait until 2024 or can sit examinations in neighbouring countries to obtain Caf B Coaching Licence after six months.

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In an interview Tuesday, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Technical Director Benjamin Kumwenda confirmed that Caf informed him that 24 coaches have been awarded a Caf B Coaching Licence, which is a minimum qualification for one to coach in the country’s elite league.

“I am happy that some of the local coaches have successfully passed the examinations. The coaches have modern knowledge of the games and I believe they will help develop the game,” Kumwenda said.

However, Kumwenda refused to disclose the identities of the coaches who have failed.

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This was the first coaching course to be conducted in Malawi since 2016 after Caf stopped the courses and directed member associations to develop custom-tailored manuals.

National Football Coaches Association (NFCA) General Secretary Davie Mpima said he was waiting for official communication from Fam.

“It will be pre-mature for me to comment on the matter,” Mpima said.

Some of the highly respected coaches who sat the examinations include Blue Eagles coach Eliya Kananji, Nyasa Big Bullets assistant coach Peter Mponda, Civil Service United assistant coach Oscar Kaunda and Mighty Mukuru Wanderers assistant coach Albert Mpinganjira.

Kananji said he was excited after passing the examinations.

“It feels great to pass the test. It was not easy for everyone,” Kananji said.

Former Flames duo Clement Kafwafwa and James Sangala also attended the coaching course.

In addition, former Ntopwa coach Karen Chaula, Chancy Msema, Joseph Chilapondwa, Enos Chatama, Mabvuto Lungu, Christopher Nyambose and Levie Mhone were some of the coaches who attended the coaching course.

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