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National Coaches Association against proposed Under-20 backroom staff

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UNDER SCRUTINY—Kamwendo

National Coaches Association (NCA) disapproves Football Association of Malawi (Fam) proposed appointments of Malawi under-20 national football team backroom staff arguing they are not qualified.

Reports suggest that Under-20 coach Patrick Mabedi intends to hire former Be Forward Wanderers midfielder Joseph Kamwendo to be his assistant whereas ex-Nomads Team Manager Steve Madeira is earmarked for a similar position with the junior side.

However, NCA challenges the proposed appointments saying the positions are for the qualified coaches. The coaches’ body has since sought clarification from Fam on the proposed list.

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The minimum requirement for the Flames under-20 post was Caf-B licence. Kamwendo holds Fam-C coaching badge falling short of the required standards.

NCA General Secretary Davie Mpima said they were not stopping Mabedi from taking on board the duo but wanted protocols to be followed as the country has several qualified coaches.

“We haven’t received the appointments list formally. So we have approached some officials at Fam on the reports and we are yet to get a response,” he said.

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“It does not make sense to hire unqualified coaches when the country has several qualified ones.”

Mpima said currently there are 51 Caf-A, three Caf-B and 102 Caf-C licence holders that Mabedi could have considered when engaging his backroom staff.

“We have a pool of qualified coaches in the country. Mabedi must go to the office of the technical director and get the list of well qualified coaches for selection. This should not be only for Mabedi but it should also happen to the under-17 and senior teams. If we follow this way we will be moving forward,” he said.

Mpima also questioned Fam for double standards saying the association should also hire qualified coaches rather than forcing Super League clubs to recruit qualified mentors.

“It does not look nice when Fam advises Super League teams to hire Caf-A and Caf-B coaches but on the other hand the same association is taking a Caf-C licence holder to coach the national team. We are not jealous but we want proper procedures to be followed so we can move forward,” he said.

Fam technical director John Kaputa was reluctant to comment saying he was yet to be served with the list of the under-20 assistant coach and Team Manager.

“I will be in a better position to comment once I receive the list,” he said.

Kamwendo retired from active football in December last year.

Mabedi also proposed former Silver Strikers goalkeeper Sibusiso Padambo as his goalkeeper’s trainer.

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