Kinnah blasts Malawi FA: ‘Bunch of failures they are not Malawi coaches’

As the hunting process for the new head coach for  Malawi National Senior Soccer team continues,  former Flames legend and mentor Kinnah Phiri has slammed Football Association of Malawi (FAM) President Walter Nyamilandu over his remarks that at the mean time, there is no local tactician with the capabilities of guiding the Flames to major tournaments and become a force to reckon with.

Kinnah: Don't blame the coaches, FAM are a bunch of failures

Kinnah: Don’t blame the coaches, FAM are a bunch of failures

Nyamilandu made the remarks recently while making revelations that FAM Executive Committee with recommendations from the Technical Sub-Committee settled to hire an expatriate coach.

But Phiri who is currently heading Tanzanian Premier Soccer League side Mbeya F.C has defended the local coaches saying they are not failures but rather it is the FAM  President and his administration who are failures.

He accused the FAM boss over his sentiments, saying the remarks are demotivating and no any single coach can accept to work as national team tactician with such condemnation and under such a hostile environment.

“Walter and his administration are the ones who are failures” said Phiri in an interview with a local radio on Thursday.

“To say there is no local coaches who can coach the national team is not right and I am against people who don’t appreciate the good things and works that others do,” he said.

Kinnah Phiri was part of the Flames squad that won the East and Southern African Challenge Cup in 1978.

He is also guided the Flames to the historical 2010 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals qualification which was hosted by South Africa.

The 62 year old who played for the Flames between 1974 and 1981 has coached in a number of African countries including Swaziland, South Africa and Zimbabwe where he left a mark and received a lot of praises.

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Chemwali chimwene

Waler is a failure like APM. It is a shame that Malawians like to be associated with failures, maybe we all are.

Muchiwere mu Nyolonyo
Muchiwere mu Nyolonyo

A Kinna are also in the bunch of failure…..Manzini Wanderers, SA clubs, Flames, Mzuni… your track of failure is looooong. Mind you, a successful striker in his hey days is not always a successful coach. Remember your selection of Tumbuka United in the name of Furemuzi? Go to hell.


At least he has history to defend him, nanga a Walter ali ndichiyani. apati from Kulephera kulephera basi.

Jack of all trades

even if you brought Klopp Malawi will not get anywhere in so far as you don’t play matches. If we are already struggling to raise money for the coach’s salary will we have money for the games?


atumbuka okhaokha kuyakhana.

Chibweya joe

Walter’s football career was not as highly regarded as compared to the likes of Young, Kinna, Mtawali,Mabedi and John Maduka just to mention a few. Neither is his football administration that impressive. If anything football has gone down during his being administrator of soccer in the country. No wonder he wants to be the life president of FAM. No shame


True Nyamirandu is a stupid deranged chap who doesnt know what he is doing. You can hire Maurinio, Conte, Wenger and Pochetino all four to coach the flames and nothing good can come of it. We have killed the fevelopment of the game by killing grassroots soccer. Temember the role that was played by the MBS trophy from Primary to secondary schools where the Cannoc Mundes at CI, Barnett Gondwes at Zingwangwa etc were discovered. Its a waste of time to fund a foreign coach.

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