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Fam plans permanent coach for Scorchers

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Alfred Gunda

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) says plans are in the pipeline to recruit full time coach for the Malawi national women’s football team, just like the men’s team.

Fam named Macnebat Kazuwa as Scorchers head coach replacing Abel Mkandawire on a one-year contract but just like previous coaches, he is not on the association’s payroll.

However, Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda said in future they would consider employing a full time coach for the good of the game.

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“We need someone who will be dedicated for the women’s football game. But it will be a gradual process because we need to lobby and we are passionate about it. We have also to build programmes that surrounds the position,” Gunda said.

Since his appointment on a one-year contract, Kazuwa is yet to start his work as football is suspended due to Coronavirus pandemic.

Should the football ban lifted, Kazuwa is expected to take charge of the Scorchers during the 2020 Cosafa Women’s Championship slated to take place in Port Elizabeth in South Africa in September.

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The association also named Thom Mkolongo as coach for the Under-17 Women’s national football but he is also yet to start his job due to the Covid-19.

National Women’s Football Association (NWFA) chairperson, Sugzo Ngwira said there was great commitment from Fam towards women’s football.

“NWFA already engaged Fam on the same and a green light was given. I know for it will be explored in the future, having coaches of women’s football on permanent basis will not only bring sanity to the game but also enhance more commitment and dedication to the game,” she said.

The women’s football team has failed to go past the group stages of the Cosafa Cup in two consecutive editions.

For two editions, the Scorchers have exited the competition in the group stages with two victories but have failed to beat South Africa.

Last year, Malawi took a surprise a first half lead through tournament’s debutant Asimenye Simwaka but lost 3-1 to Banyana Banyana at Isaac Wolfson Stadium, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

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