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Patrick Mabedi, Deklerk Msakakuona given freedom to choose backroom staff

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Football Association of Malawi (Fam) and Ministry of Youth and Sports has been given newly appointed Malawi under-17 and 20 national football coaches the freedom to appoint their backroom staff.

Blue Eagles coach Deklerk Msakakuona was appointed as under-17 national football team coach whereas former Flames legend Patrick Mabedi was named under-20 head coach last week.

Both Fam president Walter Nyamilandu and Ministry of Sports spokesperson Simon Mbvundula confirmed that all the coaches will be given freedom to choose backroom staff.

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In an interview yesterday, Nyamilandu said he was excited that Mabedi and Msakakuona had been appointed.

“We are ready to roll out and it is great to see that the new government has fast tracked the process of recruitment,” Nyamilandu said in a written response.

He said the pair was free to pick their backroom staff.

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“The coach is supposed to pick his backroom staff. He can consult us but the final decision rests in his hands,” Nyamilandu said.

On his part, Mbvundula also confirmed the appointment of Msakakuona and Mabedi saying what was remaining was the coaches to sign contracts.

“I can now confirm that we are at an advanced stage to finalise contracts for Mabedi and Msakakuona. The contracts will come into effect once the two coaches sign them. Mabedi has accepted the offer but we are waiting for the acceptance letter from Msakakuona,” Mbvundula said.

Flames coaches in the past were not given freedom to appoint backroom staff a development which led to sour relationship.

Fam sub technical committee chairperson Tiya Somba-Banda also confirmed that the coaches would be given freedom on their backroom staff.

Both Msakakuona and Mabedi have vast experience in football coaching. Msakakuona, currently, Eagles coach has won four trophies while in charge of the Lilongwe-based club whereas Mabedi has played and coached Kaizer Chiefs, Flames and Morokwa Swallows. He was also named as Black Leopards assistant coach.

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