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Flames Under-17, Under-20 jobs up for grabs

Peter Mponda, Deklerk Msakakuona undecided

CONSULTING—Mponda

Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture has advertised posts for Malawi under-17 and 20 national football teams coaches.

Successful candidates will be under the government’s payroll but deployed at Football Association of Malawi (Fam).

According to an advert which appeared in Tuesday’s edition of The Daily Times, both jobs require similar qualifications and work experience.

Interested candidates wishing to apply must have Caf B coaching badge or its equivalent. The coaches should have at least also three year’s working experience with either under 17 and 20 teams.

Blue Eagles Coach, Deklerk Msakakuona, who has been at the helm of the Flames under-17 for the past three years, was yet to make a decision.

“I am learning it from you that the post has been advertised. I will have to see the details and consult. Only then will I make a decision,” said the Caf A coaching licence holder who led Eagles to Fisd Challenge Cup success last season and Airtel Top 8 Cup glory in 2018.

Msakakuona led the Flames under-17 squad to back-to-back top four finish during Cosafa Youth Championship held in Mauritius in 2017 and 2018.

However, he was unable to maintain the feat when Malawi hosted the championship last year.

His Flames under-20 counterpart, Peter Mponda, was also undecided as he wanted to consult first.

“For now let me not comment as I need to consult my employers [Nyasa Big Bullets] and other stakeholders,” said the Caf C licence holder.

Malawi has a pool of good coaches that have impressed locally but lack the mandatory Caf B licence to be eligible to coach Super League sides or qualify for junior national football teams.

Civil Sporting Club Assistant Coach, Elia Kananji, and Be Forward Wanderers Assistant Coach, Oscar Kaunda, are some of the local coaches without Caf B licence but they have been outstanding wherever they have coached.

Meanwhile, some coaches confided with The Daily Times accusing Fam of failing to facilitate Caf B coaching courses.

“The association keeps on shifting programmes as a result, some of us can’t upgrade. If the association was systematic then most of us could have upgraded by now,” said one of the coaches.

Former Fam General Secretary, George Kauza Masina, said it was important to hire full time coaches if Malawi was to develop top teams.

“Government has to be commended for keeping their word to recruit under 17 and under-20 coaches and second them to Football Association of Malawi, this is the way to go,” he said.

Masina said as developmental coaches, the recruitment criteria has to be looked into with some seriousness.

“Qualifications of the coaches should be a number one priority. A well-qualified coach in terms of his or her coaching badges it’s a must. Academic qualifications should also be a consideration as a role model for the youths. Experience in dealing with the youth as a developmental coach and skills in understanding the youngsters ought to be given a consideration too,” he said.

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