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International Hockey Federation (IHF) has recognised the potential of Malawi Hockey National Team Coach, Geoffrey Biya, by inviting him to a high performance coaching course in Malaysia next month.

However, there is a challenge standing in Biya’s way to the Asian nation for the four-day course, which gets underway on April 30.

To fly to Malaysia for the course, Biya needs K2.5 million yet Hockey Association of Malawi is broke.

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“This comes barely [a month] after the brilliant performance [of the national team] in Tanzania. I need well-wishers to [help me] raise the money. I need your support,” said the coach who led Malawi to a silver medal finish at the President’s Cup held in Arusha recently.

IHF, through its Hockey Academy, will host the course on the sidelines of Sultan Azlan Cup in Malaysia.

In an invitation letter to Biya, the academy’s Manager, Andre Oliviera, said the course will take place in Ipoh Town.

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“You have been selected to attend this course as you are considered an expert in hockey coaching. The aim of the high performance coaching course is to provide quality learning and assessment opportunity,” Oliviera stated.

He said the aim of the course was to develop “a global hockey workforce that enables the IHF Hockey Academy to support all member national associations with the very best level of development and elite coaching support.”

To qualify for the coaching badge, each candidate will be required to submit a paper on a specific topic such as playing concept and tactics.

“You will be able to interact with coaches of a similar level of experience, teach them, learn from them, give and receive feedback, and ultimately be assessed against [the] academy competency criteria for Level Three and Level Four Awards,” Oliviera added.

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