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One-year deals for Patrick Mabedi, DeKlerk Msakakuona

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Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) is set to offer DeKlerk Msakakuona and Patrick Mabedi one-year contracts this week after finalising some of the recruitment procedures.

Msakakuona emerged successful during interviews for the position of Malawi under-17 national football team coach whereas Mabedi made it for the Under-20 post.

Ministry of Sports, in conjunction with Football Association of Malawi (Fam), conducted the interviews in February this year.

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OPC Human Resources Director Edwin Wochi, while maintaining a tight lid on the successful names, said the coaches will be offered contracts by end of this week.

“The process is almost completed and the coaches will be offered one-year contracts. We cannot disclose the names now because the successful candidates have not been offered the contracts yet,” Wochi said.

According to Wochi, the contracts will be subject to renewal for three years.

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“We looked at a number of factors regarding the performance of our teams. We will start with one-year contracts. If they perform well, the contracts will be renewed,” he added.

If they accept the contracts, Mabedi and Msakakuona will be getting salaries equivalent to the position of Director in the civil service.

Malawi national football team Coach, Meke Mwase, also signed a one-year contract with the government early this year.

Mabedi outclassed other coaches such as Tione Mhone, Audlow Makonyola, Franco Ndawa, Aubrey Nankhuni, Leo Mpulura and Bob Mpinganjira whereas Msakakuona emerged successful after beating Milias ‘Jegwe’ Pofera, Trevor Kajawa and George Zulu.

Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture spokesperson, Simon Mvundula, said he had no update on the matter.

Mabedi’s last coaching job was with South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Black Leopards as an assistant.

He also had coaching stints with PSL giants Kaizer Chiefs, a team he played for after his move from Nyasa Big Bullets.

Msakakuona, currently with TNM Super League side Blue Eagles, has been a regular coach at the under-17 side which he has taken charge of for three consecutive years.

The policeman helped Malawi to win bronze during the 2017 Cosafa Youth Championship in Mauritius but finished fourth the following year.

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