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Yasin Osman proposes coach’s selection panel

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Veteran coach Yasin Osman has proposed the formation of an independent advisory committee comprising former national team trainers to help Football Association of Malawi (Fam) select an appropriate expatriate coach for Malawi National Football Team.

However, Fam President, Walter Nyamilandu, has dismissed the proposal, saying the association has competent personnel to hire a suitable coach for the Flames.

In his argument, Osman, who served as a player, coach, Fam general secretary and technical director, argued that the association’s Executive Committee, Youth and Technical sub-Committee have technical knowledge gaps that might undermine the coach’s selection process.

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“Former coaches such as Jack Chamangwana, Young Chimodzi and Ernest Mtawali who have been involved can give ideas and suggestions. If you look at Fam executive, who is the technician in there?” Osman argued.

“It is only the president who has played football. Look at Fam technical sub-committee, most of them have no coaching experience and qualifications. That is why they need this group of former coaches.”

Apart from Nyamilandu, who played for UFC, Be Forward Wanderers and the Flames, most of the executive committee members have never played football and do not have coaching qualifications. Elsewhere, most top football administrators have never played football.

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Fam executive committee also comprises first vice-President James Mwenda, second vice- President Othaniel Hara, Jabbar Alide, Innocent Bottomani, Daud Mtanthiko, Severia Chalira and Rashid Ntelela. Mwenda, who chairs the technical sub-committee, recently obtained a coaching qualification.

Fam Youth and Technical sub-committee comprises Chimango Munthali, Alide, Benjamin Kumwenda (Caf A Licence holder and Caf instructor), Dave Saccur (ex-Spearhead FC coach), Bester Kalombo (Caf referees’ instructor) and Phillip Madinga (ex-Be Forward player).

Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda and Technical Director, John Kaputa, also serve in the committee.

Mwenda on Thursday said the perception that the only people who know football are those who played for the national team was wrong.

“The process of hiring a national team coach also involves consulting the coaches association and by being members of the association it means that these experienced former national team coaches are involved in the selection. Do these experienced coaches say they are not members of the coaches association?” Mwenda argued.

Currently, the selection process awaits the government’s decision with Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, Henry Mussa, indicating that President Peter Mutharika will have a final say.

Osman is among the local coaches who have applied for the job.

Fam wants an expatriate coach to develop a playing philosophy across the board. However, the Flames most successful coaches are locals Kinnah Phiri and the late Henry Moyo who took the team to 2010 and 1984 Africa Cup of Nations finals, respectively.

Englishman Ted Powell, who guided the Flames to 1978 and 79 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup titles and Brazilian Wonder Morreira, who took the team to the 1975 Cecafa Cup final are considered as the most successful expatriate coaches.

In England, a three-strong panel of Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn (qualified grassroots coach), director of elite development Dan Ashworth (qualified coach) and vice-chairman David Gill is responsible for selecting a national team coach through a process that also involves consulting former players and coaches.

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