Mtawali brought down to earth:  Malawi coach safe from sack even if Flames fail to qualify

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) says it will not sack Flames coach Ernest Mtawali even if the national team fail to qualify for  the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

Malawi  head coach Ernest Mtawali and his assistant Nswazirimo Ramadhan: Still hope for qualification -Photo By Jeromy Kadewere

Malawi head coach Ernest Mtawali and his assistant Nswazirimo Ramadhan: Still hope for qualification -Photo By Jeromy Kadewere

Mtawali replaced  Young Chimodzi as the man in charge following Flames  disappointing performances, but as has been the trend Malawi are in danger of missing out on next year’s showpiece in Gabon as they anchor the four-team Group L with two points from four games.

FAM secretary general Suzgho Nyirenda and president Walter Nyamilandu both indicated Mtawali and his deputy Nswazirimo Ramadhan will be safe even if the team fails to qualify.

Mtawali nonetheless still  hopes Malawi can still qualify for Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

“We still have qualification chances. We will fight on,” said Mtawali.

“We still have six more points to play for. We will try to reach eight points and then see where that puts us. Of course we are keeping our fingers crossed that maybe the other group results go our way,” he added.

“We need to put more in terms of our preparations. It doesn’t mean that if we are anchoring the group we sit and think everything will work automatically. So we need to prepare ourselves very well so that we collect maximum points against them,” said the former Flames midfielder.

He has since apologised to the nation for the  1-2 loss  against Guinea’s Syli Nationale in a return-leg at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Tuesday.

“On behalf of the players, I apologise to all Malawians for this [awful] performance,” said Mtawali.

He said sorry to the nation for the dump defeat.

Captain Limbikani Mzaka also apologised.

Flames will face Zimbabwe in Harare and their final match will be against Swaziland in Blantyre.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

Please share this Article if you like Email This Post Email This Post

More From Nyasatimes

More From the World

Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
wathu
Guest
wathu
5 months 21 days ago

Vuto lomatenga ana akumudzi like the inexperienced goal keeper

VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE
Guest
VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE
5 months 22 days ago

LET FLAMES COACH GO TO MALAWI QUEENS NETBALL TEAM AND MALAWI QUEENS NETBALL TEAM COACH COME TO FLAMES.

Baxter phiri
Guest
Baxter phiri
5 months 23 days ago

Tingosiya kuonera mpira guys.

Gonto
Guest
Gonto
5 months 24 days ago

Abale bwanji Chimango Kaira, Nyirenda,Mhone, ng’ambi, msowoya, Kuwali, Ernest Mtawali.
Should we say mpoto can produce the best line up for frames?

Phiri@yahoo.com
Guest
[email protected]
5 months 24 days ago
Compatriots, as far as football is concerned, Flames is a waste of time, energy and money. They cannot win any competitive match – never! I wonder where they get those useless players. We used to have school competitions and colleges competitions. These are the places where coaches used to scout for talent. Where are those competitions? Mtawali and Ramadhan are probably good coaches. Probably. But coaching such a useless crop of players must be quite frustrating and stressful. I pity the coaches. Let us just stop competing in football competitions. Instead let’s concentrate on Netball. Seriously in football we just… Read more »
Parallel Market
Guest
Parallel Market
5 months 24 days ago
Flames has a serious problem. The coaching panel is a part of the problem but above all the players themselves. This is a fact; Flames players lack football tallent. Most of the players in Flames do not deserve to play for the national team. I wonder why and how they found their way into the national squad. FAM need to do more on tallent searching. Football, I believe, can neither be learnt nor taught. It is an inborn tallent which can only be developed. Our players in national team lack this tallent. A coach is just there to develop the… Read more »
Ivan Mark Radhakrishnan
Guest
Ivan Mark Radhakrishnan
5 months 24 days ago
Walter Nyamilandu should be sacked. There is NOTHING HE HAS DONE that will reverse the trend. Nyamilandu is useless and should have been investigated instead of being allowed another term as FAM head. CAN WE NOT SEE THE GLOBAL TREND including the cesspool Joseph Sepp Blatter created and is now drowning in? When does reality kick in and we sit down and look at the issue of Sir ALEX FERGUSON and Manchester United’s rise to stardom and it’s sustained success. Yes, I know he had to go sometime (but if he had a Deputy in training, Manchester United would not… Read more »
mafumu ampira
Guest
5 months 24 days ago

hahahahaha kodi goal boy amene uja ndiwotani?kuwona madifenda ake mbuzi zokhazokha.mulimbika kumangogwa kkkkkk.iwe mtawali ukuti first 11 ,imene ija unaipeza kuti? mpira osasangalasa ngati umene uja sunawonekenso pa malawi pano stupid tech panel tikumachanitu buladi shiti.ndiye bola team yosatha ngati imene ija mukanasiyila ma club akwathu kuno akanawina .shame on you

Penya
Guest
Penya
5 months 24 days ago

Zim is breathing fire. O home ground they will match the Flames if not douse the Flames!

Charles mpakeni
Guest
Charles mpakeni
5 months 24 days ago

Nanga mpakana ..THIS GAME IS SPONSORED BY THE MALAWI GOVERNMENT. …zinachitikapo liti kulongolora about sponsoring our national team by our own government? Bushiri akukupatsani mpishu pishu chonchi bwanji? Mpake losing….zinalowa mihawu kwambiri….kuwapatsa minyama anyamata . When it was sponsored by Bushiri in Guinea we drew away….at home ndiye ndizimenezi.

wpDiscuz