Malawi Defence Force releases Kaputa for football position at FAM

Malawi Defence Force has flexed its policies to release the institution’s Sports Officer Warrant Officer Class One John Kaputa to take up the position of Technical Director at the country’s soccer governing body.

Kaputa, who is a highly experienced coach, football educator and administrator, was successful among the applicants for the position.

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) statement signed by General Secretary Suzgo Nyirenda said the coach would be offered a two-year contract effective from 1 July, 2013 as the association’s Legal Committee was finalising finer details of the contract.

”The Football Association of Malawi is pleased to inform you that the Malawi Defence Force has seconded WO1 John Kaputa to become Fam’s Technical Director.  It is expected that WO1 Kaputa will sign a two-year year
contract which will run from 1st July 2013. Meanwhile, Fam’s legal Committee is finalizing the contract.,” said a statement from association released on Tuesday.

“Fam will meet WO1 Kaputa’s salary unlike the previous arrangement where Government was paying the
TD’s salary. WO1 Kaputa will be assisted by Charles Manda – Technical Development Officer who started working on 1st June, 2013.”

Kaputa: Technical Director
Kaputa: Technical Director

The football governing body saluted MDF for deciding to release Kaputa on secondment because it is optimistic that he would spearhead the implementation of the association’s grassroots football and other technical development programmes.

“WO1 Kaputa – who is also a Local Project Leader for FIFA’s 11 for Health Project as well as FAM’s Education Officer is also expected to draw up new coaching courses including basic coaching courses for youth and women coaches as well as the C and B coaching courses. He is expected to drive the licencing of coaches in Malawi apart from synchronising FAM’s programmes with those of the budding football academies in the country,” the statement adds.

Kaputa is also happy with his employers have offered him the chance to work for Fam.

“I am very happy that MDF has released me to work for Fam. I don’t take it for granted because this is not the first time that they have done that to me to work for the good of football,” Kaputa, who once worked as Regional coach, said.

He will replace former Flames captain and coach Jack Chamangwana who was fired alongside former Flames coaching panel headed by legendary Kinnah Phiri and his assistant Young Chimodzi.

Chamangwana, Kinnah and Chimodzi have since been redeployed to Regional coaches for Southern, Central Northern and Central Regions respectively.

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