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Local coaches who were expected to upgrade their qualifications will wait a bit longer after the postponement of Caf B coaching course due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Several Super League assistant coaches were expected to upgrade their qualifications from Caf C to Caf B during the coaching course last month. But due to the lockdown the coaches will wait a bit longer to upgrade their qualifications.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) General Secretary, Alfred Gunda said the courses have been affected by the pandemic.

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“Everything has been halted and there is nothing we can do. Caf is responsible for the courses so there is no movement which means we cannot hold the courses,” Gunda said yesterday.

Caf B licence is a minimum qualification for all TNM Super League teams in the country which means the coaches who fell short of the qualification can be employed as assistants.

Be Forward Wanderers assistant coach, Oscar Kaunda said the postponement of the coaching course was big blow.

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“It is a setback for us because we will remain as assistant coaches. Our aim was to upgrade so that we can qualify to be head coaches for Super League teams but we have no choice than to wait,” Kaunda said.

Apart from Kaunda, some of the coaches who are underqualified include Albert Mpinganjira, Kamuzu Barracks assistants Temwa Msuku, Ted Kalinda, Nyasa Big Bullets assistant Peter Mponda and Civo Service United assistant Elia Kananji.

When contacted yesterday, Kananji said he was disappointed that he has stayed for close to five years without upgrading.

“It is very frustrating for me. I was told that the coaching course was also waiting for the new syllabus so the Covid-19 is another issue,” Kananji said who has also coached Bullets, Wanderers, Masters Security and Blantyre United.

But National Football Coaches Association General Secretary, Davie Mpima was not readily available for his comment yesterday.

The Covid-19 has forced all football activities to be suspended across the world. Caf also suspended the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers in March due to the same. European leagues have also been suspended.

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