Confederation of African Football (CAF) envoys are in the country to inspect the ongoing CAF B coaching course at Mpira Village in Chiwembe Township, Blantyre.
Two CAF elite instructors Honor Janza from Zambia and Abraham Mebratu from Ethiopia arrived in the country on Monday afternoon for the exercise.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) competitions and communications director Gomezgani Zakazaka said the two will be in the country up to Friday.
He said: “The instructors will monitor the implementation of the eight criteria in the CAF convention which mandates football associations to run CAF coaching diploma [rpgrammes].
“These criteria include a CAF B/A or pro-coaching manual, head of coach education CV, technical department structure, CAF examination procedures, coach educators CV, course programme, technical department activity plan, coach registration system.”
FAM technical director Benjamin Kumwenda said so far the CAF B licence course was progressing according to schedule.
The course is the first CAF B since 2016 after the continental football governing body stopped CAF courses and directed member associations to develop custom-tailored manuals.
CAF approved FAM’s manual in 2020, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic no training could take place.
Former FAM technical directors and CAF coach educators John Kaputa and Eddingtone Ng’onamo, Kumwenda, Hetherwin Nkumbaleza and CAF referees instructor Maxwell Mtonga are facilitating the course which started on July 7 and will conclude on August 30.
The course will be in three phases. The first part, which will take seven days, will see participants studying football coaching theory as well as goalkeeper training.
The coaches were released to their respective clubs for internship from July 17 to 29 and are expected to submit a report on all their training sessions during the internships.
They returned to class on Monday and will complete the theory of football coaching and be introduced to laws of the game before going back to their clubs for another internship from August 7 to 19.
The last module of the course will run from August 20 to 30 and will cover more work on football coaching theory, sports medicine and communications and media relations.
Participants include former Flames players, Super League club coaches and two female coaches .