Malawi coach Mtawali refuses to guarantee Ng’ambi starting place

Malawi national team head coach Ernest Mtawali has urged Malawians to be less “obsessed” with veteran players and has refused to guarantee Platinum Stars midfielder Robert Ng’ambi a place in his first-choice  Wrld Cup qualifiers line-up to face Tanzania.

Mtawali: Malawi head coach

Mtawali: Malawi head coach

Mtawali has warned all players need to produce good form to be guaranteed a place in the starting line up.

He was responding to the recent public outburst by Ng’ambi after warming the bench for the entire 90 minutes during the two-all-draw in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Swaziland a fortnight ago.

Mtawali told a news conference at Chiwembe Technical Centre on that he will only call a player based on his form and discipline.

“Robert Ng’ambi is one of the best midfielder we have had in Malawi. He has been influential for the team and I called him because of his leadership skills and discipline. “ don’t want to talk about him but all I can say is that nobody is guaranteed a place in my first line up. Players have to fight for it,” Mtawali said.

He also said all veteran players are not guaranteed a place and need to stay on their toes.

“Evey player has to produce good form – no one is guaranteed a place in the the Flames.The door is not shut. If a player is in good form, he will be called into the team,” added Mtawali.

Mtawali placed hope on new crop if players like Fisd Wizard’s Levison Maganizo and Mighty Wanderers’s Kondwani Kumwenda, saying they are performing well.

“Overall, the players are in a very good shape. I am very impressed with Levison Maganizo and Kondwani Kumwenda as well as Deus Mkutu. Their performance is very good and everything is going according to the plans,” he said

Malawi is preparing for the 2018 World Cup qualification first-round tie away against the neighbours on October 7 with the second leg set for Kamuzu Stadium five days later.

The Flames and other 25 teams, from position 28 to 53 according to July Fifa ranking, will participate in the first round with 13 winners advancing to the second round. If successful against Tanzania, Malawi will face North Africans Algeria in second round.

The 13 teams then join 27 top-ranked teams on the continent to play home-and-away over two legs with the 20 winners advancing to the third round.

The 20 teams will be divided into five groups of four teams to play home-and-away round-robin matches and five group winners will qualify for the 2018 Fifa World Cup.

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has since announced that the Flames will depart for Tanzania on 4 October.

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33 thoughts on “Malawi coach Mtawali refuses to guarantee Ng’ambi starting place”

  1. Yafet Kanyinji says:

    Though perfomance is key wat Earnest has toked cant motivate Robert to play for flames, Managers in EPL, la Liga, Bunde they back players they tok gud about players just to motivate them.We nid combination of old and young guns Mbesuma in Zambia is still playing and he scored in similar competition. We nid Esau Ngambi and Fischer

  2. Dausi Phiri says:

    Ine sindinawonepo kuti pamudzi amapha akuluakulu One nkumayembekezera kuti mudziwo uziyenda bwinobwino. Tiwonera inu a Mtawali ndithu.

  3. brit says:

    kodi olo kochiwathuyu tinkamchemerera ali wosewera anapangapo chiyani olo ndi chikho chiti angaonese kuti anatengerapo?Pasani mwayi anzanu sanje ai,nanunso muna pasidwa mwayi muli kujoni mutatchona.

  4. kaka says:

    Enerst mtawali ali ndi masiku ochepa chifukwa akulimbana ndi ma players. Ndipo ali ndi nsanje chifukwa bagio akumenya mpira wabwino kuposa mmene enerst amameyra. Musiyeni timuwona. Amalawife sitichedwa kunyanyala. Kusiya bagio , kamwendo ndi mulandu wawukulu. Be ready to pack and go

  5. mnzalero says:

    bajio, kamwendo matama pa field, mbuli inu!! ur old nw & wi hven’t benefit anytin’ frm u. Tikufuna ana ife asewereko! Mtawali big up! Chose players frm de pitch osati chifukwa ndiwakale!

  6. Who is supposed to eat a humble pie the performance of Ng’ambi today when his team Platinum Stars humiliated Supersport United 3-1 with him scoring a goal. He is a midfielder but look the way he scores in a competitive league like PSL.

  7. Adam christon Masamba says:

    Komatu baggio mukunyozayo, mukanakhala ngati wina, simunakamunyoza. Kodi Yaya Toure si uyooo adakari mpaka pano, kusewerera team ya ivorecost? Ali ndizaka zingati? Mmmnm, abalee” mtima wansanje muzasiya liti? NdichifukwA chaketu nthawi zina mulungu samakudalisani munyumba mwanu, chifukwa cha mtima wansanje….and his problem simdziwa kusewera mpira, and u like too mucj complain, shame on u. U must go to church sometimes, maybe, god can make favour u.

  8. For a very long time I have been an admirer of Ntawali but now it seems that Mr Ntawali is losing it. Who needs the one most in between Ng’ambi & Flames?????? By the look of things Ng’ambi is a hot potato at his club Platinum Stars & he does need anything to prove to anyone. He bring paid handsomely in Rands with the current rate of R1-K40 does he need the Flames????? My guess NO but on the other hand as a nation we need a player of his calibre in our national team. So Mr Ntawali just try to be the big man, humble yourself & bring him in. Whatever bad blood is in between you guys sort it out, out of the national team.

  9. MaiMai says:

    Kodi Ngambi wanuyo anayamba liti playing for Flames? Which trophy did he bring to Malawi? iyaaaa! shut up ! no wonder ma coach ena nkayitana ndi achina Kondowe in a competitive game ati Anong’a Anog’a zoona???? Agalu inu. Ngambi ndinayamba kumumva ine ndili primary longtime back and now he should be above 48 years koma age yaku RSA adakali 35 years shaaaa!!!

  10. Nkolokolo says:

    Yes Baggio is agud player but how many games did he play and Malawi bring atrophy ?even Cosafa cup.sometimes we don’t do well coz professionals guarantee themselves position.Coach do u r job let people talk.

  11. James Mkoko says:

    Mr E Mtawali uyenela kunganiza bwino pazonse zimene zikuchitika mu Natiomal Team ya Malawi apo ayi ukuzichotsa wenkha mtchito pamene anthu anakukonda, osayiwala kuti panali azako ndipo anachoka, sitimandikila kuti pathe zaka zambili ngati munthu wapanga zopunsatu.

  12. Peter27 says:

    Amalawi amalawi inu. With your professional players and Baggio, when last did you qualify for AFCON or atleast go beyond qualifying stages in World cup? Now pano mukuti fwe fwe fwe that we need ma profe-wa inorder to qualify, REALLY? Why last did we qualify with them?
    Ndi ma profe or Baggio wanuyo we can’t even win COSAFA cup… I mean like COSAFA yeniyeni. Before you start commenting please take time and atleast google what to talk about here! Don’t come here with your blind loyalty, we need facts to help build out team.

  13. Lovemaniac 91 says:

    Cows! BBfied namanjeeee! # feels gud to be back in love!

  14. My fellow malawians indeed ng’ambi is an asset for our national team but we must tread very carefully with our comments.Mind you that a coach can not accomadate every player we want let him do his professional work.This is a national team lets support every player who has been called by our coach with positive mind.Otherwise all the best our flag carrier.

  15. Gentlemen lets talk the truth. One man can not play a dozen. How many games has Ngambi played and fail to win. I say leave the coaches to use the skills they have to bit Tanganyika. Ngambi can not ran with Gerald Phiri Junior because of age. Football has got a period. Others left football because they are old like the one you recommend. If he is gaining alright but this time is for the youthfull one. Thank you and go ahead with talented young boys.

  16. opportunist says:

    Coach u have my support .No one should pressurise who to be featured.

  17. Willie Chimseu says:

    konza team coach. Awo abalira ndipo usawasiye achekecheke basi. Asewera mpira koma ma results osabwera ndiye akuti chiani?

  18. mwana mulopwana says:

    Baggio is an asset and can change game part even if it means he is playing with less experienced so still he should be included, My advice to you Ernest , don’t be too proud that you are a Nation Coach ,Malawian contract can be terminated the very same day one has signed , so you need to know that we need dividends in a form of wining games

  19. citizen says:

    good coach dont live in the past all the best

  20. Gameover says:

    I totally agree with Mtawali osamangonyengeka ndi mawonekedwe a Malawi timaluza chifukwa timaplayer ntonyada taulesi Kumangodzinva kukoma pa field lets try the new crop after all who is him pa maplayer athu onse is he the best of all? or atapanda kubwera sitimusowa tilinawo achina Muhamad Sulumba akachita szososwa

  21. Peter27 says:

    Good job Mtawali! Look where the so called “professional players” have left us now. Baggio is becoming big headed and Kamwendo is way too undesciplined now! Infact, you should SHUT the door for them, don’t leave it OPEN!

  22. Mtawali ukuganizabe pangno ngati ukanali ndi tsitsi lopota lalitalilitali. Iwetu unayamba danzi mchifukwa unasiya kupota tsitsi kusonyeza kukula. Ukunena kuti momwe ukuchitilamu team ipitilila? Ukunamatu iwe ukuganiza ngati mwana. Tiyeni nazoni tiwone pamapeto.

  23. lawrent khomba says:

    I really like this coach, taking these bold decisions. Its high time that we need coaches who are not afraid of taking big decisions. Players have to know they have got a big responsibility to deliver by wearing that jersey with pride.

  24. NyasaBoss says:

    Let him do his job …and he knows football more than ng’ambi’s, kanyenda’s or beer master lol …

  25. W D Mhone says:

    We have many coaches and have tried, some performed a little bit well others failef to satisfy the desires of Malawians. We are stillmore yearning to have someone to deliver, may be Ernest will do. Let’s give him a chance.

  26. Kanyimbi says:

    This is good news. We need revolution and not business as usual.

  27. Maximum Prison says:

    Ernest Mtawali! Ernest Mtawali! You don’t win trophies with kids. Ask Arsene Wenger he has the best young talented team in England but he has gone 10 years without a trophy. Chelsea and Man city have veterans but they win trophies yearly. So do not be sturborn. Malawians want success not building a team. Kaya umamva kaya? Don’t say I did not advise you!

  28. mphatso says:

    But honestly guys Robert Ngambi is an asset right now.You cannot imagine a Malawi team without him at this stage unless you are comfortable with those swaziland draws.It takes years for a player to gain experience only to be dumped when at his peak.

  29. "A NATIVE OF NOWHERE" says:

    I say 2 Mtawali, how do u feel after talking out 2 the media and nation? and on the other hand do u see qualifying 2 the WC 2018 and AFCON 2017?? Talking is easy and football is not speaking from the chair in front of the journalists with microphones, its 90minutes on the pitch. Sum of the players u r not interested in wil b playing 4 few more years while u wil b on the list of jobless coaches. My msg 2 Robert is keep enjoying ur games with Platinum Stars and worry not about what Mtawali is saying, he has an attitude and soon he wil face his employers after 2 losses. WATCH THE SPACE.

  30. Malawians, let the coach to show his skills on producing good, quality and youthfull footballers who lift up Malawi Flag. Older players have failed. No players should also drive the coaches but listen and learn from the coaches. I support Ernest and Ramadan. God bless and guide you while selected a Malawi National Team to beat Tanganyika.

  31. Truck says:

    ERNEST MWAYAMBA NSANJE ETI NGAMBI HE IS A VERY GOOD PLAYER I AGREE WITH HIM HE DOESNT DESERVE BENCH.IF YOU CONTINUE TREATING PROFESSONAL PLAYERS BAD THEY WILL REFUSE TO PLAY FOR FLAMES AND YOU WILL HAVE MORE DIASTER ON THE RESULTS NOW THE FLAMES ARE STILL STRUGGLING TO PRODUCE GOOD RESULTS

  32. Paulos Banda says:

    Algeria???

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