National Football Coaches Association (NFCA) says it is scrutinising all coaches’ contracts to avoid unfair dismissal of its members.
NFCA general secretary Davie Mpima side the association made the resolution at its meeting held last week.
The development comes after a proposal to set a minimum wage for coaches to K745 000 for their members coaching Super League teams met resistance and Super League of Malawi (Sulom) general secretary (GS) Williams Banda’s advice that NFCA should instead be part of contract negotiations when a team intends to hire a coach.
He said: “We noted the rise of unfair dismissal of coaches by their employers. We feel this is the case because they sign contracts that have loopholes.
“Most of the times clubs fire coaches because of their poor performance. But there are many factors that contribute to a team not performing well.
“For example, we have cases where players are not paid their dues for several months and this demotivates them and in turn results in poor performance of the team. Yet the blame goes to the coach.”
Mpima also cited a lack of proper equipment as another contributing factor to poor performance.
He said: “We had a case in which a coach pleaded with the club to buy eight balls for training but the club insisted that it could only manage two balls. Imagine a team having just two balls for training. How can a coach work in that environment?”
Meanwhile, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) will next week conduct a two-day refresher coaching course.
FAM technical development officer Benjamin Kumwenda said the course, which will start next Monday, will allow coaches to share ideas.
He said: “When the season starts, coaches do not engage each other as everyone focuses on their own teams. So this course will help them to share notes on how they can improve the performance of their players in the 2020 season.
“Football is dynamic, it keeps on changing and the coaches should cope with the change. As such, we will look at the progressive coaching model which most coaches are used to; and the global, analytical and global (GAG) model so that the coaches have varying approaches in drilling their players.”
FAM technical director John Kaputa, Kumwenda and NFCA chairperson Stuart Mbolembole will facilitate the seminar.