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No money for expatriate coach—Government

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There is no money in the current national budget to pay an expatriate Coach for Malawi National Football Team, Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development has made it plain.

At its recent meeting in Mzuzu, Football Association of Malawi’s (Fam) Executive Committee resolved to hire a foreign coach, saying those that applied for the job were demanding affordable salaries.

But the Ministry’s Spokesperson, Simon Mvundula, on Tuesday said Fam’s request for the expatriate was not included in the current budget. The financial year starts in July.

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“We are in the middle of the financial year, so it means that we have to consult the relevant authorities. On top of that, as a ministry, we do not have a budget for the expatriate coach at the moment, so it will be difficult for us,” Mvundula said.

A relatively cheap quality coach would demand a salary of, at least, K10 million ($15,000). Government pays local coaches around K1.5 million.

But while acknowledging receipt of Fam’s proposal to hire the expatriate coach, Mvundula said the association did not state clearly what the trainer would be earning.

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“They are mentioning that the coaches are affordable, but they have not indicated the proposed remunerations. Maybe, Fam has other sources of funding. In that case, we have no problem. We never budgeted for the coach,” Mvundula added.

Fam’s outgoing General Secretary, Suzgo Nyirenda, said the association was consulting the Malawi National Council of Sports on the recruitment of the coach.

“We are waiting for the meeting with Sports Council on the process. We will explain everything to them on the issue, and it is an inclusive process,” Nyirenda said.

Sports Council Executive Director, George Jana, said he had no idea whether funds for the coach were included in the national budget.

Despite not advertising the job, over 65 foreign coaches have applied for the post. Fam says it has exhausted all locals and want a foreigner ahead of participation in Chan tournament next year.

Liverpool’s Zimbabwean goalkeeping legend, Bruce Grobbelaar, Scott Bobby Williamson and Dane Kim Splidsboel, have shown interest in the post which fell vacant after Fam decided against renewing Ernest Mtawali’s contract.

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