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Don’t go to matches in slippers, coaches told

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TNM Super League coaches come to match venues dressed in all sorts of free-styles bordering on self-disrespect and care-free attitude—a pair of shots, slippers and bibs.

In view of this lack of sanity, National Coaches Association (NCA) General Secretary, Benjamin Kumwenda, has urged all registered coaches to be presentable when on duty.

“All coaches should dress properly like executives. People must be able to identify a coach. During coaching courses, emphasis is on dressing,” Kumwenda explained.

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Going forward, the association will introduce a code of conduct with those who fail to abide by it, risking punishment.

“We are not saying that they should all be dressing in suits, but it is about presentability. They can put on track suits, but it must be smart. What is unacceptable is the sight of coaches coming to matches in slippers. The game is growing and we also need to improve,” Kumwenda added.

Super League of Malawi General Secretary, Williams Banda, whose body alongside Football Association of Malawi, has introduced Caf Club Licensing System meant to enforce professionalism, had reservations with Kumwenda’s remarks.

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“All coaches belong to the coaches’ association and they can discuss that internally. Why don’t they approach the coaches who do not dress properly?” Banda said during the week.

Civo United coach, Millias Pofera, is among those with a fine taste for dressing he goes to matches looking like an executive on a business trip to Dubai. Other local coaches attributed their unpresentable dressing to poor perks.

“The coaches association must also look at other factors such as perks. Most coaches get peanuts. However, issues of dressing are about choice. If our profession is to be respected, we need to look presentable,” Pofera said.

Elsewhere, most coaches dress in suits with Manchster City’s new boss, Pep Guardiola, probably the most presentable in his slim-fit suits.

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