Football Association of Malawi has set up the highest level of qualifications for candidates wishing to apply for the vacant Malawi national football team coach.
FAM advertised the job of the national team through the local newspapers. The association said it is looking for candidates that “must have a high level of football coaching licence such as Uefa A, B licence of Fifa Pro-licence.”
The candidates must also have “a wealth of coaching experience either at club or national team level, be of strong integrity and demonstrate vast knowledge of the game and be equipped with modern football tactics.”
The requirements are too high for local coaches since they are highest football profession and could be a stumbling block to local coaches interested to apply.
FAM Technical Director John Kaputa was skeptical about the move.
“I asked coaches to submit their CVs two months ago. But this has nothing to do with the Flames coach job,” said Kaputa.
He said local coaches might possess UEFA or FiFa Pro because CAF already introduced their equivalents.
The Flames job fell vacant after head cocah Young Chimodzi and his assistant Jack Chamangwana were fired after the team’s home 2-1 loss to Zimbabwe in the opening Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at Kamuzu Stadium.
So far the Flames coach has attracted interest from a number of both local and foreign coaches with eight from Africa and 23 from Europe and interim Ernest Mtawali, whose mandate ended after leading the Flames to a 1-0 win over Uganda’s Cranes on Monday.
FAM wants to hire the new coach by August 1 2015 to prepare the team for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations away game in Swaziland early September. Interested candidates can send their applications to FAM general secretary at Box 51 657, Limbe, Malawi or through [email protected]
But it remains to be seen whether FAM would successfully engage an expatriate since the association disclosed that the government has no money to pay foreign coach.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :