Football Association of Malawi (FAM) general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda has said from 2017 season, only CAF A-License holders will be allowed to coach Super League teams.
Nyirenda said this during the closing ceremony of the month-long CAF A-License Coaching Course at Chiwembe Technical Centre in Blantyre yesterday.
At least 27 local coaches, including one female trainer Maggie Chombo-Sadiki, took part in the training course whose results will be ready in the next few weeks after Confederation of African Football (CAF) scrutinises their exams.
“Our strategic plan stipulates that by 2017 we should only have CAF A-License holders coaching Super League clubs. Therefore, as part of embracing club licensing, less qualified trainers will be coaching in lower leagues,” he said.
However, senior CAF instructor John Kaputa advised the participants of the course to as well take the challenge of coaching junior league and women football sides if they do not find opportunities at Super League teams in the meantime.
“What is important is not the certificate you expect to obtain, but the knowledge you have acquired. If you do not find Super League teams to coach, go to youth teams, because sometimes top-class coaches emerge through their experience with junior outfits,” Kaputa said.
At present, Malawi has 800 qualified football coaches but most of them lack the pride of holding the highest coaching badge in the continent.