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She-Flames coaches’ contracts expire

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By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

Malawi national women’s football team Coach, Maggie Chombo-Sadik, and her backroom staff have no running contracts with Football Association of Malawi (Fam) after the expiry of their deals in November 2018.

Chombo-Sadik, who guided the She-Flames to the 2018 Cosafa Championship in South Africa, signed a two-year contract with Fam alongside his assistant Andrew Chikhosi in 2016.

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Fam Vice-President, James Mwenda, Wednesday confirmed that the association’s youth and technical committee would review the coaches’ performance soon.

“It is not automatic that they will be retained but the decision will be made by the committee during the meeting,” Mwenda said.

The committee will also review the performance of Malawi national football team Coach Ronny van Geneugden and his assistants.

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Chombo-Sadik Wednesday said she would wait for the outcome of the review meeting.

“I do not have much to say because it depends on what they will decide. But I was humbled to work as coach of the team. I believe that I tried my best despite several challenges,” she said.

Chikhosi confirmed that his contract expired last year. Abel Mkandawire is also Chombo- Sadik’s deputy.

National Women’s Football Association Chairperson, Severia Chalira, refused to comment on the issue of coaches’ contracts, saying she was busy.

Chombo-Sadik, who took over from Stuart Mbolembole, is among highly-trained female coaches on the domestic football scene.

Council of Southern Africa Football Associations encourages its member associations, such as Fam, to employ female coaches for women’s teams.

Men can be appointed as assistant coaches.

Under Chombo-Sadik at the 2018 Cosafa Championship, Malawi lost 2-0 to Botswana before beating Madagascar by a similar margin, then losing 6-0 to South Africa.

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