Thom Mkorongo appointed women’s coach


National Women’s Football Committee’s (NWFC’s) search for a new coach for the women’s national football team has ended after the committee settled for former Civo United coach, Thom Mkorongo, to help in resurrecting the national team that has been dormant for three years.

NWFC chairperson, Severia Chalira, confirmed yesterday that the committee had accepted Football Association of Malawi (Fam) technical directors John Kaputa’s recommendation to get Mkorongo as head coach.

NWFC was scheduled to meet Kaputa at the weekend to finalise everything but the meeting was pushed forward to next weekend.


“However, we discussed everything with the technical director over the phone. The technical director will submit the names of the members of the coaching panel to Fam’s technical subcommittee next weekend. After that, the coaching panel will be officially announced,” she said.

Chalira added that Mkorongo, who underwent a Caf A Licence Coaching Course earlier this year, would be assisted by Andrew Chikhosi who is in charge of Central Region’s women’s football giants DD Sunshine.

Blantyre Zero coach Maggie Chombo has been roped in as assistant coach and goalkeepers’ trainer.


The country’s women’s football governing body is also yet to release the final squad to go into camp in preparation for a friendly match that has been scheduled for the weekend of 22-23 August.

Chalira said her committee, through Fam, was courting Zimbabwe, and Tanzania for a friendly match.

“The girls were supposed to go into camp next weekend but we have changed the programme because we are waiting for feedback from the three countries. We will go into camp once we have a clear picture of when we will play the friendly match,” she said.

Meanwhile, Kaputa said last week that he had total confidence in the coaches he had recommended for the women’s national football team.

Malawi are aiming to re-attempt qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations finals after a disastrous qualification campaign against neighbours Zambia in 2012.

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