Talking of leading by example, National Coaches Association general secretary, Benjamin Kumwenda, did exactly that by emerging the best among 26 coaches that have graduated from a Confederation of African Football (Caf) A Licence coaching course held last year in Blantyre.
According to Football Association of Malawi (Fam) technical director, John Kaputa, Kumwenda scored 98 percent during the course.
Blue Eagles coach De Klerk Msakakuona came second.
Ironically, Msakakuona’s Eagles’ coaching panel was voted the best coaching panel of the 2015 Super League season after finishing third in the league.
Malawi women’s football national team coach, Thom Mkolongo, came third.
Other coaches that received their Caf A badges on Saturday were Epac FC coach, Abasi Makawa, Civo United coach Millias Pofera, Surestream Academy coaches Abel Mkandawire, Hethwick Mkumbaleza, Kangaroo Academy coach and owner, Trevor Kajawa, Malawi women’s football team assistant coach, Maggie Chombo-Sadiki , and Lilongwe football academy owner, Dave Mpima.
Fam president Walter Nyamilandu said the 100 percent pass rate was a boost to the country’s football development efforts.
“If our football is to develop, we need highly qualified coaches. My plea to the clubs is that they should take advantage of these coaches’ knowledge by giving them a chance. I also advise the coaches not to stay idle, but be actively involved in football management. If they cannot find a Super League club, they can start with grassroots, football,” he said.
Nyamilandu said the Caf C and Caf B courses that the country would host in March and August respectively would provide an opportunity to more Malawian coaches to upgrade their knowledge and credentials.