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Coaches’ body issues warning

By Mphatso Malidadi:

Malawi Football Coaches Association (MFCA) has warned its members against signing contracts before fully understanding the contents.

The development comes at a time several TNM Super League teams are busy hunting for coaches after failing to impress in the 2018 season.

The association’s publicity secretary, Aubrey Nankhuni, said coaches should first scrutinise clauses in their contracts before putting pen to paper.

“This will help coaches to accept realistic challenges and avoid being duped when fired. We advise them to be extra careful before jumping onto the next job,” Nankhuni said.

About 10 coaches and other members of coaching panels were fired in the 2018 season due to performance-related reasons.

Some of the coaches and technical panel members fired in the 2018 season are Stereo Gondwe of Red Lions, Mzuni’s Alex Ngwira, Charles Manda (Nchalo United), Francis Songo (Silver Strikers), Rodgers Yasini, Elia Kananji and Christopher Nyambose (Karonga United).

Silver Strikers mentor, Lovemore Fazili, was suspended and later reinstated following the team’s poor run of form.

Nankhuni said some of the fired coaches found themselves in trouble because they signed contracts whose contents they did not understand.

“This is why we are encouraging our members not to rush into signing contracts. After being offered contracts, they need other experts to interpret the clauses so that they should not be fired anyhow.

“The coaches also need to sign contracts with realistic targets. Above all, they are also entitled to bargain for a better package including a compensation package in case they are fired,” he said.

Nankhuni said MFCA is putting in place mechanisms to help its members with legal issues.

“We are working hard to help our members understand clauses in their contracts. If need be, will help them with legal battles if they are deemed to have been fired illegally. We have seen other coaches getting fired without being paid dues and this is bad. This is why we want to help them understand their contracts before signing,” he said.

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