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Joseph Kamwendo earmarked for Under-20 role

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Newly appointed Malawi under-20 national football team coach Patrick ‘General’ Mabedi has reportedly settled for former Flames captain Joseph Kamwendo to be his assistant.

Mabedi was offered one-year deal as under-20 coach after emerging successful during the interviews held in February this year.

But due to Covid-19 pandemic, the former Flames skipper could not complete his deal in time.

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Inside sources confided with The Daily Times Thursday that Kamwendo has been proposed as Mabedi’s assistant coach whereas former Wanderers Team Manager Steve Madeira has been proposed as team manager for the junior side.

The sources further stated that Sibusiso Padambo has been proposed as a goalkeeper’s trainer.

However, when contacted yesterday Mabedi who watched the match between Malawi and Zimbabwe, refused to confirm the proposed names saying he was not yet done with the list.

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The proposed names are expected to be approved by Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Sub technical committee which Super League of Malawi (Sulom) president Tiya Somba- Banda heads.

However, Somba- Banda was not readily available for his comment yesterday.

Mabedi is expected to be in charge of the under-20 national side during the 2020 Cosafa Youth Championship slated for December 3- 13 in South Africa.

The former Kaizer Chiefs player and coach has vast experience in football coaching and once worked as Black Leopards assistant coach.

Local football analyst, George Kaudza-Masina said Kamwendo deserves to work with Mabedi.

“The combination of Mabedi and Kamwendo will be one of the best. The players would be motivated because Mabedi and Kamwendo are role models. This is the way to go,” he added.

Meanwhile, Deklerk Msakakuona is also expected to lead the Malawi under-17 national football ahead of the Cosafa Youth Championship slated for November 19-30 in South Africa.

Just like Mabedi, Msakakuona was also offered a year-long contract.

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