Karen Chaula has become Malawi’s first female coach to a male soccer team, breaking all norms in a conservative society like Malawi.

It is not common in Sub Saharan society for a woman to join a soccer team but Chaula scored a first in Malawi after she was appointed as Ntopwa FC interim head coach.

Becoming the 4th female coach in Africa to take charge of a men’s top-flight league side, following the footsteps of Victoria Conte from Sierra Leona who was hired as Tigers coach in 2019, and Meseret Manni who coached Dire Dawa in Ethiopia.

The CAF coaches educator has also coached Ntopwa U-20 and is now leading the senior team on an interim basis, replacing Trevor Kajawa who left the club to join Mighty Tigers.

According to ‘The Nation’ newspaper Karen’s immediate task is to help Ntopwa escape relegation since they a placed above the relegation zone with 14 points from 15 games.


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