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Civo United have resolved to sack 2015 Standard Bank Knock-Out Cup-winning coach, Oscar Kaunda, for being on the wrong side of Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Club Licensing System prerequisites on coaches’ qualifications.

Confederation of African Football (Caf ) has ordered its member associations such as Fam to, from the 2016 season, implement the licensing requirements that top-flight league head coaches must possess a minimum of Caf B badges. Kaunda has a mere Fam C Licence.

Clubs have options of either firing current under-qualified head coaches or demoting them to deputy coaches. However, Civo acting-general secretary, Charles Mwenda, yesterday said re-deploying Kaunda could have cost-implications.

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Mwenda said they ‘regrettably’ decided to part ways with Kaunda as his Fam C coaching badge would be found wanting when the licensing requirements come into effect next month.

“We do not hate him. We wanted to keep him. To prove this, we are thinking of where to put him in our structures. It is possible to redeploy him as an assistant coach, but we do not think he can accept to work on a lesser pay. If we hire a head coach, it would be a challenge keeping Kaunda on his current pay,” Mwenda insisted.

Kaunda, whose 2015 cup exploits were in sharp contrast to the TNM Super League struggles that had Civo finishing marginally away from the relegation trap, yesterday reserved his comment while waiting for an official employment termination letter.

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Kaunda was working as a civil servant on a non-established position which can be terminated after a month’s notice.

Civo are yet to decide on a replacement for Kaunda who is serving notice.

National Coaches Association general secretary, Benjamin Kumwenda, yesterday doubted the sincerity of Civo’s reasons for firing Kaunda, saying “maybe there are other issues as Kaunda is among those earmarked for Caf course in March.”

Wanderers general secretary, Mike Butao, recently called for a gradual implementation of the licensing requirements, whereas Fam technical director, John Kaputa, has promised more courses to enable coaches to upgrade.

Article 8.1 of Caf-Fam licensing regulations states that “the head coach must hold the highest available coaching licence of Fam – B Licence or any valid foreign diploma which is equivalent to this one and recognised by Caf.”

Fam general secretary, Suzgo Nyirenda, recently gave clubs up to the end of this month to submit documents pertaining to qualifications of coaches.

Clubs must also submit proof of secretariat, medical insurance cover, playing grounds, audited bank accounts and youth teams.

Malawi has over 40 coaches with Caf B licences, but most of them have never won a trophy at the highest level.

Other coaches affected by the licensing regulations, Big Bullets’ Mabvuto Lungu and Elia Kananji of Wanderers, also won the Super League championship and Carlsberg Cup respectively.

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