Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu says the era of having unqualified coaches in the game of football is long gone.
Nyamilandu made the remarks on Saturday at Mpira Village in Chiwembe when he presented certificates to over 20 coaches who have completed the CAF A licensing course.
The FAM president said coaching was not just about someone having played soccer basing on the fact that some of the coaches who were awarded the certificates have never played football.
“The era of just anyone becoming a coach because he or she has played football in their life is gone. Just like any other profession, football requires one to be schooled before they can sit on the bench, be called coaches,” Nyamilandu said.
He implored the new coaches to walk the talk and put what they had learnt into practice.
“I want to remind you that obtaining the paper alone is not enough. You have a bigger role now to put into practice what the lecturers have taught you and further impart the same knowledge to others who may be contemplating coaching as a career,” said Nyamilandu.
Nyamilandu also said coaching was a career like any other profession and that it was important that coaches paid attention to upgrading themselves and be up to date with the modern trends in the game.
The FAM chief said a lot had changed from the 1980’s where coaches did not need to attend a coaching course but relied on experience as players.
He said football was an industry that was generating a lot of money nowadays and that coaches could no longer afford to sit back and be left behind as things were changing around the world.
Some of the Super League coaches, who graduated are Blue Eagles coach Decklerk Nsakakuona, Abasi Makawa, Billy Phambala even Maggie Chombo, who was the only female coach.