Malawi Under-17 national football team coach Deklerk Msakakuona has reportedly proposed Kamuzu Barracks acting head coach Ted Kalinda as part of his backroom staff ahead of the Cosafa Youth Championship this month.
Msakakuona will head the under 17 technical panel for the fourth successive year whereas Flames legend Patrick Mabedi will be the in charge for the Under-20.
Details have emerged that Msakakuona has chosen Kalinda to be his assistant as the Junior Flames (U-17) are expected to regroup this week in preparation for the competition.
Sources have also confided in The Daily Times that Nyasa Big Bullets Reserve coach Enos Chatama has also been included in the backroom staff. However, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) General Secretary Alfred Gunda was not readily available for comment Sunday.
Kalinda, who has a Caf C coaching licence, refused to comment on the matter.
Fam sub-technical committee is expected to make a final decision on the proposed backroom staff for both U-17 and 20 sides. Fam president Walter Nyamilandu claimed the coaches will be given freedom to pick their backroom staff following their appointment as Under-17 and 20 coaches in June this year.
National Football Coaches Association (NFCA) General Secretary Davie Mpima said the association was still waiting for the official names from Fam.
“At the moment, we do not have the official list of the assistants and it is our hope that Fam will release it by next week,” he added.
The association expressed displeasure recently when Mabedi proposed Joseph Kamwendo as his assistant coach arguing that the former Flames midfielder was not qualified.
Meanwhile, the draw for this year’s both Under-17 and 20 Cosafa Youth Championship will take place today at Pretoria Marine Hotel this morning. The Cosafa Under-17 Youth Championship will take place from November 19 to 30 in Nelson Mandela Bay whereas the Under-20 will take place from December 3 to13 in the same city.
A total of eight teams confirmed their participation in the U-17 Cosafa Cup whereas 11 teams will compete in the Under-20 tournament.
There will be two groups of four teams each in the U-17 Cosafa Cup as South Africa will head Group A as defending champions whereas Zambia will be in Group B as defending champions.
For U-20 Cosafa Cup, there will be three groups with group A and B will comprise four team each whereas group C will have three teams. Malawi will participate in both U-17 and 20 competition.