NFCA want female teams’ coaches to be exemplary
The National Football Coaches Association (NFCA) has warned male coaches working for female teams not to indulge in activities that can ruin their reputation and put the sport in disrepute.
NFCA Chairperson Aubrey Nankhuni made the statements after several Super League teams bought or partnered female sides in compliance with Club Licencing requirements ahead of the 2023 season.
Interestingly, most female sides are coached by men. Nankhuni said NFCA will be monitoring their members so that they should not abuse their powers by manipulating female players.
“In coaching gender does not matter but we are encouraged to respect each other. It is encouraging that Super League teams have embraced Club Licencing requirements by incorporating female sides.
“While this is a welcome development, it also puts the coaches in the spotlight. Therefore, we have advised our members, especially men to be careful when dealing with female players. They should not take advantage of the girls nor should they manipulate them,” he said.
Nankhuni said they are hopeful that their members will be exemplary.
“They are professionals and they know that any silly act will ruin their reputation and career. We made the call just to remind them,” he said.
FCB Nyasa Bullets Womens side Coach Maggie Chombo-Sadik hailed NFCA for the call.
“The players need to be protected because circumstances might make them vulnerable. Coaching is a profession that requires 100 percent professionalism to treat players equally and field the team on merit,” she said.
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