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Fam lines up 3 Caf courses

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Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has lined up three Confederation of African Football (Caf) coaching courses this year.

Fam technical director, John Kaputa, said the courses are meant to increase the number of coaches with Caf qualifications in the country.

He said the Caf A, B and C coaching courses will place in March, June and September respectively.

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The Caf C licence will mostly target teachers who did the Fam C licence in the past two to three years in conjunction with the Malawi Schools Sports Association.

“Coaches should not have any excuses for failing to attain high qualifications in the game. We are deliberately organising as many courses as we can for our coaches to attain the highest possible qualifications for the job,” Kaputa stressed.

He assured coaches who do not have qualifications that the door was open for them join the world of trainers with the right papers.

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The technical director disclosed that his office will request the Malawi Olympic Committee to facilitate travel for one coach to attend a three-month training course in Hungary this year.

“We are also wishing to ask Fifa or the International Olympic Committee for an advanced coaching course later in the year. We want Fifa to identify an instructor for our elite coaches to go for a one-week advanced course at a very high level,” he said.

Kaputa announced that all districts that had a preparatory coaching course at some point will this year have a Fam C licence course.

The increase in the number of courses comes hot on the heels of a demand by the Caf for club licensing to be enforced from March, which may result in coaches with papers lower than Caf B licence being demoted.

The continental football governing body’s standards require that coaches without a minimum qualification only be allowed to manage a top flight league team as assistants.

Speaking during the closing ceremony of a Fam C licence coaching course in Dedza over the weekend, the association’s first-vice president, James Mwenda, warned that all unqualified coaches will be barred from the Super League next season.

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