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Big Bullets, Mighty Wanderers coaches risk demotion

Some TNM Super League coaches, including for Big Bullets, Be Forward Wanderers and Civo United risk being demoted if club licensing will be enforced from March 26 as demanded by the Confederation of African Football (Caf).

Ironically, the coaches— Mabvuto Lungu for Bullets, Wanderers’ Elia Kananji and Oscar Kaunda of Civo—, won the TNM Super League championship, Carlsberg Cup and Standard Bank Knock-Out Cup, respectively, last season.

The three hold Football Association of Malawi (Fam) C licences against a requirement of Caf B licence or equivalent for top-flight coaches. Lungu will attend a Uefa C coaching course in March.

Fam first vice-president, James Mwenda, during a closing ceremony of a coaching course in Dedza on Saturday, warned that all unqualified coaches will be barred from the Super League next season.

“We have entertained mediocrity for a long time. As Fam, we have put our foot down, we will not allow unqualified coaches to manage elite teams. We know that those coaches have primarily shown interest to coach teams but we want them to receive formal training,” explained Mwenda, who is also Fam head of technical committee.

Mwenda did not mention particular coaches.

Caf licensing standards state that coaches without a minimum qualification can only be allowed to manage a top-flight league team as assistant coaches.

Other coaches that might also be demoted are Kamuzu Barracks, Kenwood Nkhoma and Red Lions mentor Prichard Mwansa.

Fam technical director, John Kaputa, last week said there is no need for panic as the association has lined up courses to enable coaches upgrade.

Super League of Malawi (Sulom) general secretary, Williams Banda said the recommendation to have well-qualified coaches is a welcome development.

“However, there are several complications,” Banda said, without elaborating.

Wanderers general secretary, Mike Butao, last week said: “As a country, we need to implement some of the things in phases.”

On his part, Bullets vice-general secretary, Kelvin Moyo, said they have not decided on who will be the head coach next season, between Lungu and Loyd Nkhwazi.

Malawi has 27 Caf A coaches, 66 Caf B, 22 Uefa and 60 Caf C coaches. Some of the highly-qualified Malawi coaches are Audloy Makonyola, Gerald Phiri, Ernest Mtawali, Derlerk Msakakuona and Nicholas Mhango, who all hold Uefa qualifications.

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