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Wizards’ coaches in a tight spot

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Wizards FC’s return to the TNM Super League has put Technical Director, Peter Mponda, in a tight spot to hunt for a qualified coach in line with Club Licensing System requirements.

Mponda is ineligible as he has just completed a Confederation of African (Caf) C course, whereas his assistants, Macdonald Yobe and Fundi Akidu, are also unqualified.

Caf B Licence is the minimum qualification for a Super League team’s head coach from this season, hence Wizards have to cast their net wider to hire a new trainer.

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“As Wizards, we are confident that we will meet all the requirements within the specified period,” Mponda said without elaborating.

He earlier admitted that most of the trainers capable of buying into Wizards’ possession-based football philosophy—such as Elia Kananji of Be Forward Wanderers—were scarce on the market.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Transfer Matching System Manager, Casper Jangale, told this newspaper on Monday that Wizards would be given until the end of the league’s first round to fulfil the requirements.

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Wizards returned to the Super League following Dedza Young Soccer’s withdrawal from the play-offs after a protracted wrangle. They defeated Airborne Rangers 2-1 in the play-offs played at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe to lead with three points.

Sulom, in conjunction with Fam, barred all unqualified coaches from managing Super League side starting this season.

Many Super League teams have reshuffled their technical panels. Civo United replaced Oscar Kaunda with Millias Pofera, Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets demoted Kananji and Mabvuto Lungu, respectively, while bringing on board Jack Chamangwana and Franco Ndawa respectively.

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