Civo United, who are holders of the Standard Bank Cup, have fired their coach Oscar Kaunda because he does not have CAF B coaching licence, a newly set minimum requirement for super league coaches and eyeing the services of highly qualified football tactician Eddington Ng’onamo and Dedza Young Soccer trainer Pofera Jengwa.
The club made the decision following Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and Super League of Malawi ‘ s (Sulom) stand on club licensing and minimum requirement for coaches in the tip flight league.
The club licensing is being implemented by FAM and Sulom and is aimed at teams professional.
General Secretary for Lilongwe based side Charles Mwenda confirmed the firing of Kaunda, but could not disclose his possible replacement.
“He (Kaunda) has been relieved of his duties because he does not the required minimum coaching licence. We have to follow and meet the requirements to ably participate in the Super League,” said Mwenda.
However, inside sources claimed that they have earmarked former Flames coach Eddington Ng’onamo to replace Kaunda, who guided the civil servants to lift Standard Bank Cup after beating Be Forward Wanderers 1-0 in the finals.
Sources further said the club is also set to engage the services of Dedza Young Soccer coach Milius Pofera Jegwe.
“Ng’onamo will be the head coach and he will be deputized by Pofera Jegwe, who does not have the CAF B coaching licence. How the club ‘s executive committee arrived at the decision to hire Jegwe we cannot tell, but officials were against the idea and wanted Kaunda to be the assistant coach,” said one of the sources.
Effective next season, only licensed clubs will not be allowed to participate in the top-flight league as part of the standards set by Caf.
Clubs are required to meet minimum requirements namely; sporting, legal, infrastructure, administration and personnel. Club Licensing aims at making teams professional.
The clubs will also K150 000 for registration and K100 000 for the license.
Among other things on the club licensing list, teams need to have a reserve side, training and game venue with contracts with stadium owners, constitution, secretariat office, well structured technical panel, submit team colours among others.
Meanwhile, FAM Transfer and Systems Manager Casper Jangale said teams are responding well.
He cited Mighty Be Forward Wanderers as the first team to have taken great strides as they have already achieved some of the requirements of club licensing.
According to Jangale, Wanderers who already have a reserve side and offices have already submitted their club constitution and qualifications of their technical panel.
FAM warned recently that any club that will not be accorded a licence will not be allowed to play in the Super League as well as other trophies.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :