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OPC yet to finalise under-17, under-20 coaches recruitment

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FAVOURED ONE—Msakakuona

The Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) is yet to finalise the recruitment process of Malawi under-20 and under-17 national football team coaches, three months after the interviews were conducted.

Former Flames defender Patrick Mabedi was selected as the best candidate for the under-20 national football team whereas Blue Eagles coach De Klerk Msakakuona emerged successful for the under-17 side.

After conducting interviews, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture submitted the report to OPC for approval. However, the recruitment process has been delayed by events of the Covid-19 which has killed thousands people across the world.

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Spokesperson in the Ministry of Sports, Simon Bvundula, confirmed that the recruitment process was yet to be finalised.

“We are still in the recruitment process and we did our part, so we are waiting from other stakeholders like the OPC. There are several processes to be completed before the successful candidates are offered contracts,” Bvundula said.

Mabedi emerged successful ahead of fellow contenders Tione Mhone, Audlow Makonyola, Franco Ndawa, Aubrey Nankhuni, Leo Mpulula and Bob Mpinganjira whereas Msakauona was named the Under-17 coach after outclassing Millias Pofera, Trevor Kajawa and George Zulu.

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Both Mabedi and Msakakuona have vast experience in coaching. Mabedi’s last coaching job was with South African side Black Leopards. He also had stints with Kaizer Chiefs as a player as well as a coach. He was not readily available for comment yesterday.

Msakakuona has been in charge of the under-17 side on temporary basis for three consecutive years but had mixed fortunes.

He helped the team win bronze in 2017 but last year the team failed to reach the semi-finals despite hosting the competition.

When contacted Tuesday, Msakakuona said he was still waiting for the results just like all the coaches who were shortlisted for interviews.

Government, Football Association of Malawi and sub technical committee shortlisted local coaches for the job after they decided against recruiting foreign coaches. Six foreign coaches, two each from Germany and France, one from Trinidad and Tobago and one based in Qatar applied for the job.

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