FAM faulted on selection of Malawi national  team coaches

The National Football Coaches Committee says they are not happy with the way coaches are being recruited for national duty especially for the junior flames at the Under 20, Under 17 and Under 16 levels.

Kamanga: Big concern

The committee met on Friday at Mzuzu Stadium to present this burning issue to their chair Ogrieve Mcnebert Kazuwa for him to present the same at the Annual General Meeting in Lilongwe.

Speaking to Nyasa Times on Sunday, General Secretary for the Northern Region Football Coaches Committee, Charles Kamanga, said the criteria that FAM uses in selecting coaches to take charge of flames Under 20, 17 and 16 is not clearly defined.

“Things are not moving well in this area. If you look at the people who have been given national assignments for the three lower levels of the national team, you will quickly discover that the very same people are simply being rotated.”

“One wonders why other coaches are not being given that chance to serve their nation. This is a very big concern to us because it is clear that there is no justice in the recruitment of these coaches,” explained Kamanga.

Back from Lilongwe, Ogrieve Mcnebert Kazuwa who chairs the Northern Region Football Coaches Committee confirmed that the issue was high on the agenda at the executive meeting at Our Lady of Africa in Lilongwe.

“It is very true that as coaches we are not happy with the way FAM is appointing coaches for national duty. They do not consult the National Football Coaches Committee. They are simply handpicking the very same people for reasons best known to themselves.

“It is also surprising that while FAM is embracing Club Licensing, where among other things, a super league club should be coached by only someone who holds either CAF B or CAF A but for the national team there are people with CAF C licenses,” explained Kazuwa.

The coaches are also arguing that passing football is not a new philosophy in Malawi’s football as FAM has been made to believe. They are also pressing that the role of the Technical Director at FAM should be clearly defined and he should constantly be in touch with regional committees of coaches and acknowledge the qualifications they have.


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