As the implementation of Club Licensing is still the issue, football clubs in the country are trying their level best to meet the needed requirements to be granted these licenses.
This has seen the Civo United 2015 Standard Bank Knock-Out Cup-winning coach, Oscar Kaunda, being sacked as he does not possess a minimum of a Caf B badge rather just a mere Fam C Licence.
This has come as a result of the orders given by the Confederation of African Football (Caf ), where it has emphasized that member associations such as Fam should, from the 2016 season, implement the licensing requirements that top-flight league head coaches must possess a minimum of Caf B badges.
Acting General Secretary of Civo United, Charles Mwenda insisted that re-deploying Kaunda could have cost-implications.
“We do not hate him. We wanted to keep him. To prove this, we are thinking of where to put him in our structures. It is possible to redeploy him as an assistant coach, but we do not think he can accept to work on a lesser pay. If we hire a head coach, it would be a challenge keeping Kaunda on his current pay,” Mwenda insisted.
Kaunda, whose 2015 cup exploits were in sharp contrast to the TNM Super League struggles that had Civo finishing marginally away from the relegation trap, yesterday reserved his comment while waiting for an official employment termination letter.
Kaunda was working as a civil servant on a non-established position which can be terminated after a month’s notice.
Civo are yet to decide on a replacement for Kaunda who is serving notice.
National Coaches Association general secretary, Benjamin Kumwenda, yesterday doubted the sincerity of Civo’s reasons for firing Kaunda, saying “maybe there are other issues as Kaunda is among those earmarked for Caf course in March.”
Wanderers general secretary, Mike Butao, recently called for a gradual implementation of the licensing requirements, whereas Fam technical director, John Kaputa, has promised more courses to enable coaches to upgrade.
Article 8.1 of Caf-Fam licensing regulations states that “the head coach must hold the highest available coaching licence of Fam – B Licence or any valid foreign diploma which is equivalent to this one and recognised by Caf.”
Fam general secretary, Suzgo Nyirenda, recently gave clubs up to the end of this month to submit documents pertaining to qualifications of coaches.
Clubs must also submit proof of secretariat, medical insurance cover, playing grounds, audited bank accounts and youth teams.
Malawi has over 40 coaches with Caf B licences, but most of them have never won a trophy at the highest level.
Other coaches affected by the licensing regulations, Big Bullets’ Mabvuto Lungu and Elia Kananji of Wanderers, also won the Super League championship and Carlsberg Cup respectively.