Malawi coach Mtawali faces criticism over Ng’ambi, Chimango exclusion

Malawi’s high profile football  figures have questioned national football team Ernest Mtawali over the exclusion of highly rated midfielders Robert Ng’ambi and Chimango Kayira.

Malawi  head coach Ernest Mtawali and his assistant Nswazirimo Ramadhan

Malawi head coach Ernest Mtawali and his assistant Nswazirimo Ramadhan

Former MDC United and Under-23 national team player Chiza Nyirongo took to the social media questioning the logic behind his decision at a time Malawi need to win against Zimbabwe and Swaziland to stand a chance of qualifying for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

“Dropping Chimango Kayira a workaholic and midfielder Robert Ng’ambi, a creative midfielder, seems to me and the technical team are lost,” Nyirongo said.

“What I gather  from past call-ups are things personal and not football related. It seems he wants to build his own squad by sidelining these senior and experienced players.’

University of Malawi senior lecturer, who has played football  while in college Dr Richard Nyirongo,  said the trend was tantamount to never ending trials and experiments for the former Flames legend.

“What baffles me is that our coaches seem not to have an idea of how to identify and subsequently correct the weak displays by some of those otherwise great players. Are we saying every time a player plays below par they be dropped from the squad,”  Nyirongo said.

“We seem to be moving in circles when are going to have a squad. Are we going to be building forever.”

Lawyer and former Mighty Be Forward Wanderers David Kanyenda also bashed Mtawali over the decision.

“Mtawali doesn’t seem to know what he wants. One thing am certain about is that he likes his boys from Under-20 side he coached,” he said.

High Court Judge Lovemore Chikopa said football authorities do not have a keen interest to watch games.

“They don’t have an idea about what players we have and their capabilities and most importantly to use them,” Justice Chikopa said.

He also expressed concern on the lackadaisical approach since such games have a bearing on Fifa rankings.

“I understand all competitive games such as World Cup, Caf, Cosafa and all games played on Fifa calendar  contribute towards rankings. Can we afford to lose any competitive games,” he said.

Malawi face Zimbabwe next week Saturday in Harare.

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7 thoughts on “Malawi coach Mtawali faces criticism over Ng’ambi, Chimango exclusion”

  1. CRIER says:

    TIME IS LOST,PLEASE CALL THE TWO EXPERIENCED PLAYERS, NG’AMBI AND KAYIRA AND LEAVE OUT YOUR DIFFERENCES.

  2. ASASYE ALIKONYE says:

    The PANEL OF MTAWALI IS USELESS.WHY DROPPING EXPERIENCE PLAYERS IN THE NAME OF BAGGIO AND BLACK BERRY? THE PANEL HAS INCLUDED CHANDE,KALIATI WHO WAS JUST A PASSENGER DURING THE GUINEA GAME.POTI PAJA NYAMILANDU TEAM INGAGONJE BWANJI COACH SANGAMUCHOTSE CHIFUKWA CHOTI SALARY YA COACH NYAMILANDU AMADYAPO KENA KAKE.ALL THOSE MIDFIELDERS FROM BE DRAWS WANDERERS PLUS PAPA ARE USELESS.PAPA HAVE STAYED FOR A YEAR WITHOUT KICKING A BALL.WHAT NYAMILUNDU SHOULD KNOW IS THAT THE COACH’S SALARY IS COMING FROM OUR TAXES. ONE WORD TO MTAWALI IF YOU LOOSE THIS GAME
    TIDZAONANA

  3. Mtawali is right to bring young players in your national team because your 2017 AFCON campaign is up in smokes , the flames have been extinguished. It is therefore prudent for Mtawali to create a team for the future…us ( Zimbabweans) also passed through that phase of having old war horses developing into pale shadows of their former selves due to a plethora of reasons, ageing being the chief…I have heard the name Robert Ng’ambi for many years and I’m surprised people are clamoring for his call up in the national team, I wonder if his legs can still do what they used to do, can he win the midfield battle against younger and energetic opponents ? Mtawali agona kusiya Ng’ambi, futi team yenyu yaka dhakwa…inorova chamba ne kachasu basi. Just wait for a new breed of talent because, honestly, currently you have a bunch of boozers. Any way, we are waiting for you in Harare, we want to finish you off….the Smokes of Malawi…Zimbabwe wooooooyeeeeeeeee !!!!

  4. The flames need to win against Zim and Swaziland to qualify?? Really??? Zim is already on 8 points and the best The Flames will do is 7 points how can they qualify ahead of Zim???? Lets just accept that this campaign is way beyond us. There is no campaign to fight for this is a dead rubber.

  5. Prof. Odidiyoo says:

    This is undesirable part of the mbwenumbwenu. They are fond of betraying each other so much. That is the reason I question their reasoning of secession and form a nyika republic. they will end up killing themselves. I have done my study of Malawian politics as a comparative study to my country Nigeria, I noted similarities between the mbwenumbweu and the Igbo. They claim to know more, but they know little.

  6. Hola Mwalwanda says:

    Chiza wa kulemeberani articleyo mumuuze ilibe substance. Ndipo che Chiza mpira wake munamenya wa MDC womeuja ndiye mwati muzisokosa. Mdolo anamenya mpira ndi achina Lule, Young, Vuto Lungu, Chancy Gondwe. You are not anywhere near there. Paja umafuna u FAM president eti? Pali Nyamilandu kaye. Mkukuti munamenya under 23 national team oh my foot how many games did you play. Ambwenumbwenu abale kuvuta.

  7. mbelwa1 says:

    battle of the mbwenumbwenu ine nilije polebulemu manje

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