Coaches shy away from Azam Tigers


Azam Tigers Chairperson, Sydney Chikoti, has slammed some local coaches for changing tunes after agreeing to join the KauKau.

With the TNM Super League heading into the third week, Tigers are without a coach after parting ways with Patrick Kulemeka last season.

In the absence of a coach at Tigers, their former striker Chikaiko Bridge has been drilling the team alongside Technical Director, Robin Alufandika.


Tigers Chairperson, Sydney Chikoti, on Wednesday said delays in naming the new coach were due to failed deals.

“We agreed with several coaches and even concluded discussions. But some changed their minds at the 11th hour, putting us in an awkward position, but we know such things happen in football,” Chikoti said.

However, Chikoti said the wait on the coach was almost over as the club would unveil the new man before this weekend.


“We delayed in appointing a coach because it was tough for us to lure a coach from outside Blantyre. Most coaches in Malawi do not work on full-time basis so the coaches cannot dump their full-time jobs because we cannot manage to meet their demands,” he added.

One of the local coaches, Thom Mkorongo, said some teams do not offer enough perks.

“When choosing a team, we look at a good offer. We also need to be given freedom on team-selection and signing of players. But it is sad that some teams impose players on coaches and expect good results,” Mkorongo said.

Tigers have four points after beating Moyale Barracks 3-2 and drawing 0 – 0 against Karonga United.

The KauKau Boys were linked to veteran coach Lloyd Nkwanzi before he changed his heart and stayed put at Dwangwa United.

For the past four seasons, Tigers have sold big name players such as Isaac Kaliati, Stanley Sanudi, Yamikani Chester, Dan Kumwenda, Peter Cholopi and William Thole to Be Forward Wanderers while Bright Munthali and Precious Phiri joined Nyasa Big Bullets.

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