Hire TDs, associations told
Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) has advised its affiliates to employ technical directors (TDs) to oversee developmental programmes.
Moc Secretary General captain John Kaputa [retired], who also worked as Football Association of Malawi technical director, said most associations are failing to make headway due to the absence of a TD.
“It is clear that most associations undermine the importance of a TD. However, in modern sport, a TD is crucial,” he said.
Kaputa said a TD has numerous duties aimed at improving coaches and players’ performance.
“The technical director is responsible for developing, implementing and supervising player and coach development programmes. The TD provides leadership, guidance and mentorship to all coaches. The TD supports the club and its current and future programmes,” he said.
Kaputa urged associations to find means of hiring either permanent or consultants to work as TD.
“Much as lack of funds hinders some associations from hiring a TD, this is an area they must not overlook. They should find ways of hiring a full-time or part-time individual,” he said.
Fam TD Benjamin Kumwenda concurred with Kaputa.
“If sport is to develop, a TD is needed to conduct a number of duties. For instance, in a football team set-up, a technical director is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of the football aspects of the club. They oversee the club’s operations, including player recruitment, coach development, performance analysis, sport science and strategic planning,” he said.