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John Kaputa’s TD contract expiring

John Kaputa

TIYA SOMBA-BANDA

The contract for Football Association of Malawi (Fam) technical director John Kaputa, who has been at the helm for seven years, is set to expire in November this year, it has been learnt.

Kaputa was appointed as Fam TD in April 2013 on two year-deal after replacing late Jack Chamangwana.

But Kaputa seems to be the lucky one having renewed his contract on several occasions despite some mixed fortunes on football development in the country.

Fam Sub technical committee which Super League of Malawi (Sulom) president Tiya Somba- Banda heads, has the responsibility of assessing technical director.

However, the previous sub technical committee never assessed him for the past four years despite the technical director renewing his contract twice then. The General Secretary is the direct supervisor of technical director.

But on Sunday, Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda said he would not be able to comment on the assessment of the technical director.

When contacted Monday, Somba-Banda confirmed that it was their responsibility to assess the technical director at the end of every contract.

“It is our responsibility as technical committee to assess the office of technical director at an appropriate time,” Somba- Banda said.

For the past three years, the junior teams have failed to make the grade in many international competitions including Cosafa.

Former Flames coach Ronny van Geneugden once blamed Flames poor form due to failure by the technical director office to identify and develop talent for the past decade.

Then, the Belgian said there was no proper development programme since technical adviser Manfred Hoener left. The German is credited for nurturing Flames legends Peter Mponda, Esau Kanyenda, Swadick Sanudi, and Peter Mgangira among others.

But Kaputa has on several occasions claimed he was busy after the issue was introduced to him.

Kaputa as a coach is credited for helping Malawi under-17 qualify for the 2009 Africa Youth Championship as well as the Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria. Then he produced stars such as Luka Milanzi, Francis Mlimbika, Bongani Kaipa, Kelvin Hanganda and Peter Mselema.

Football analyst George Kaudza Masina said Kaputa had not been supported enough during his tenure.

“It is difficult to see his results because he has faced several challenges. Only Hoener got enough support but the rest have failed to achieve their targets because they were not supported,” he said.

According to Fifa, the technical director who is sometimes called director of technical development or a sports director, is the person in charge of defining and leading the national technical development programmes, therefore preparing the football of the future. He proposes to the general secretary, the president and possibly the executive committee a long term vision and develops a technical strategy over several years in order to improve the level of the game within the country achieve identified targets on and off the pitch.

Among the roles of the technical director includes encouraging the expansion of football and promotion the practice of football by as many people as possible and also act as a vector football education as well as organizing courses for coaches and instructors.

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