Top coaches shun polls
The Majority of the Super League coaches are not among those contesting for top positions at National Football Coaches Association (NFCA) ahead of its elective general assembly slated for April 24 in Mangochi.
Out of the nominated candidates only TN Stars Coach Joseph Malizani and Malawi Women’s National Football Team Coach Mcnerbet Kazuwa manage at the top level.
According to the list which the association released on Tuesday, Aubrey Nankhuni and Peterkins Kayira are contesting for the position of chairperson whereas Kazuwa will go unopposed as a vice chairperson.
Incumbent general secretary Davie Mpima faces a challenge from Luanar FC Coach Milias Jegwe Pofera to retain his post whereas Anderson Kamanga will go unopposed for the post of organising secretary.
Dingani Nhlane and George Ng’onamo will go unopposed as treasurer and vice treasurer, respectively.
Mpima defended the nominated candidates.
“We gave a chance to all members to express interest but only few showed willingness to contest. Secondly, some of the top coaches are not paid-up members so it is difficult for them to contest,” Mpima said.
Malizani, Elias Gomile, Chancy Msema and Karen Chaula will automatically be executive committee members.
Members who paid membership feessix months before the elections will be allowed to take part in the elections.
One of the local coaches Bravo Chiperesa said the association had lost direction.
“I do not want to be part of the mess. There is too much politics and they deliberately frustrate other people,” he added.
Renowned football coaches namely Franco Ndawa, Yasin Osman, Peter Mponda, Oscar Kaunda, Elia Kananji, McDonald Mtetemera, Leo Mpulula, Bob Mpinganjira, Lovemore Fazili, Christopher Sibale and Charles Kamanga did not show interest.
Blue Eagles Coach Gerald Phiri Senior and Mighty Wanderers Coach Bob Mpinganjira are not paid-up members.
Incumbent chairperson Alex Ngwira did not get nomination. However, Ngwira was not readily available for his comment Tuesday.