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Fam to hire new Technical Director as John Kaputa is set to retire

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John Kaputa’s reign as Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Technical Director (TD) is set to end next month, with arrangements to hire his successor already in place.

The matter was one of the items on the agenda during Fam’s Executive Committee meeting in Salima District at the weekend.

A press release publicised Wednesday stated that the association had rescinded its prior approval hire a consultant to review the technical structure of Malawi football.

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According to the release, Fam had approved the hiring of an experienced TD to replace Kaputa.

“The current TD will retire at the end of his contract in June. This position will be open to both locals and internationals. The person identified as the TD will be responsible for both the technical review of Malawi football and implementation,” the statement reads.

Kaputa has been Fam TD for eight years after replacing the late Jack Chamangwana in 2013.

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Kaputa confirmed in a brief interview that he was serving notice.

The Fam meeting also agreed on hiring a marketing director for Mpira TV.

The director will be responsible for marketing and operations of the channel.

Fam also made a number of resolutions including the roll out of Mpira TV at the start of the TNM Super League’s second round.

Delegates also agreed to review member associations’ statutes.

In addition, the committee agreed to hire an experienced coach for the Malawi Women’s National Football Team, replacing McNerbert Kazuwa whose one-year deal has expired.

While in-charge of the Scorchers, Kazuwa guided the team to semifinals of the 2020 Cosafa Women’s Championship but were eliminated after a humiliating 6-2 loss to eventual champions South Africa.

Football analyst Kelvin Moyo said review of member associations’ statutes would enhance good governance and lessen disputes.

“At last, it will be refreshing to see a new TD assuming office to review the technical aspects of our game. My opinion on the matter is that hiring a foreign consultant who does not understand cultural aspects of our game may not be the best option,” Moyo said.

Another analyst George Kaudza-Masina hailed Fam for abandoning plans to hire the consultant.

“Hiring a consultant with a full time TD at Chiwembe was not making sense. Of course, Fam has made it clear that the post is available to both Malawians and foreigners but a local TD would be the best choice as he would be knowledgeable about the local game,” Kaudza-Masina said.

On preparations for Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals scheduled for early next year in Cameroon, the meeting agreed to form an adhoc committee headed by Fam First Vice President Jabbar Alide.

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