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Caf shelves Caf B coaching course

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By Williams Gondwa

About 112 local football coaches will have to wait longer to secure Caf B licences which would make them eligible to become head coaches for the country’s TNM Super League teams.

This is so because Confederation of African Football (Caf) has shelved plans to conduct its courses this year.

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Some of the prominent assistant coaches who have been hoping to acquire the qualification are Civil Service United’s Oscar Kaunda, Eliya Kananji of Blue Eagles and Peter Mponda of Nyasa Big Bullets. The three have Caf C licences.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Technical Development Officer Benjamin Kumwenda described the development as worrisome.

“We fulfilled all requirements for the Caf B Coaching Licence courses but we have not received any communication on the same. We were given eight options on the Caf menu to choose what we want this year and we applied for the Caf B coaching course.

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“Unfortunately, up to now, we have not received any communication. What Caf wants is that there should be a convention on its B, A and pro licences. But we conduct the Caf C licence on our own just by registering the coaches. So we can do this course at any time,” Kumwenda said.

He said there is no country in the Cosafa region that can hold Caf B coaching courses at the moment.

“It is only Mozambique that applied for the Caf A Coaching course and Caf is expected to send a representative to hold a convention where they will be given the go-ahead to stage the course. So, in other words, this is a crisis to our coaches,” Kumwenda said.

National Football Coaches Association General Secretary Davie Mpima said the development would pile pressure on them as many coaches who looked forward to obtaining the licence had been frustrated.

“We are now in an awkward position as more coaches will remain stuck on the same position. Good coaches whose only qualification is a Caf C licence are failing to progress because they don’t have the Caf B license.

“Of course, we can’t blame Fam for what has happened. This seems to be a Caf problem. It has been long since Caf conducted a coaching course in the country,” Mpima said.

Malawi has about 51 local coaches who are Caf A holders, with former Fam technical director John Kaputa being the only Caf pro-licence holder.

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