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.

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20 thoughts on “Mtawali brought down to earth:  Malawi coach safe from sack even if Flames fail to qualify”

  1. wathu says:

    Vuto lomatenga ana akumudzi like the inexperienced goal keeper



  3. Baxter phiri says:

    Tingosiya kuonera mpira guys.

  4. Gonto says:

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

  5. [email protected] says:

    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 waste time and people’s time. Indeed it must frustrating, stressful and embarrassing to our coaches and FAM to be losing every match. When is the last time our Flames won any match against a credible team?

    Each time they line up in the ground for any competitive match both the players and coaching panel they know deep down in their hearts of hearts that thy are going to lose. So why waste people’s time? Why line up? Why join such competitions?

    Lets go back to the basics. Start a nationwide scouting campaign for talent from Nsanje to Chitipa. Once we have a crop of raw talent, the coaches should go down to work with such talent in order to develop a National Team – the Flames. Izi iyayi izi!

  6. Parallel Market says:

    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 tallents in the players. We can have the best coach on earth for the Flames but as long as this crop of untallented players are maintained in the squad, the results will still be very disappointing.

    FAM holds the keys to Flames success. Search tallent from Chitipa to Nsanje basi.

  7. Ivan Mark Radhakrishnan says:

    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 be in the managerial / coaching mess it is in).

    This Club-Legend CHANGED its Chairman but kept its Manager / Head Coach.

    Walter Nyamilandu is COMPLETELY DAFT if he ‘thinks’ he can do things his way. In the first 6 months of his first term, Walter Nyamilandu was already crisis-managing Malawi’s Football from its Financing to its Development to its Marketing.

    The Football Association of Malawi ‘president’ is COMPLETELY CLUELESS. So, to expect anything but failure is naïve in the extreme

  8. 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

  9. Penya says:

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

  10. Charles mpakeni says:

    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.

  11. otapra says:

    the team was in the worst form. keeper,hehede, what a shame?

    1.BRIGHTON MUNTHALI-GK: Every soccer loving person including the kids in our homes still don’t understand why coach Ernest Mtawali puts so much trust in this Wizards FC little kid who has now moved to Silver Strikers. If you follow the league very well, you will agree with me that Brighton Munthali is the goalkeeper who conceded a big chunk of goals in the league last season despite having a nightmare performance with the Flames. His team, Wizards FC finished bottom of the league on position 15 and was relegated. So, how does one entrust such a person with national matters at the expense of other experienced keepers who did a tremendous job in the league? It is his lack of experience that has costed us a place at the 2017 AFCON finals in Gabon as he was afraid to talk and shout at his disorganized defense. 0/10!
    2.FRANCIS MLIMBIKA-DEF: The introduction of defender Francis Mlimbika by taking off an attacking midfielder Isaac Kaliati in a game we needed to win at all cost was a silly decision by a clueless coach Ernest Mtawali. C’mon good people, how does one resort to defending tactics in a must win game when his team is not even leading! And if Mtawali wanted a shift to a 4-4-2 formation, then the versatile Yamikani Fodya could have been a better suitor than a stagnant Mlimbika because we still needed to do more of attacking. I don’t even understand what instructions Mtawali gave to Mlimbika to do on the pitch. No wonder, Mlimbika was like a lost ship on the field as he kept running up and down not knowing what to do. 1/10!
    3.LIMBIKANI MZAVA-DEF: What a great disappointment from the captain himself! He seemed as if he was forced to play when he did not want to. And as captain, Mzava failed miserably to lead the team on the pitch and lift the spirits of his team-mates. He could have done much better if he organized himself and took full command of the defense by issuing instructions to his collogues in defense just like what Peter Mponda used to do in his playing days. Otherwise, the defense was very disorganized and there was no one to sort-out that mess including the coach who had gone to sleep. 2/10!
    4.HARRY NYIRENDA-DEF: I still don’t understand why a disadvantaged Nyirenda still find his way into the national team. Disadvantaged? Yes disadvantaged. Just look at his height and physic. Harry lacks the qualities of a defender. No wonder he failed to put on hold taller Guinea strikers who dominated aerial balls that resulted into those two goals. Our defense remains at risk if we continue with our reliance on Harry as the last man in the line of defense. 2/10!
    5.STANLEY SANUDI-DEF: He is a complete defender with all the qualities that one would look for in a defender. He is physic, of good height and versatile. He has-within a short space of time-established himself as one of the best right-backs this country has ever produced. But his performance on Tuesday leaves a lot to be desired. He was stagnant and failed to overlap and fall back comfortably. Otherwise, he was the main man in defense who made sure that we are not embarrassed too much at home by not conceding more than two goals. 4/10!
    6.JOHN CJ BANDA-MID: He is often haunted by injuries that affect his consistency. But once on the pitch, you can’t fault CJ. His hunger for goals leaves one wonder whether he is a midfielder or a striker. He has scored Flames crucial goals on many occasions. Fresh in memory being those powerful blasts against Zimbabwe and Tanzania. He plays with a purpose. But his performance yesterday against Guinea leaves a lot to be desired. He was not the same CJ we have known in over the years. He completely failed to penetrate into Guinea’s midfield and defense and fire those powerful blasts. 4/10!
    7.CHIMANGO KAIRA-MID: Chimango’s presence during yesterday’s game was rarely noticed as he lost the midfield battle to Guinea. He is a holding midfielder but he forgot his role and vanished from his position thereby creating trouble for the midfield and defense. He was not at the best of his game and played as if at gun point. 3/10!
    8.MICIUM MHONE-MID: It did not come as a surprise to see Mhone in the Flames first XI following his exploits at his new South African PSL side Jomo Cosmos where he has managed to settle so quick than anticipated. The young star has proven to be a reliable asset for the Flames in the absence of veteran combative winger Fisher Anong’a Kondowe. He makes beautiful runs and is always quick on the ball. Mhone has the ability to score if not taken care of. But on Tuesday, He miserably failed to do all these against Guinea. 2/10!
    9.ISAAC KALIATI-MID: I was struggling to understand why coach Ernest Mtawali had to feature this kid-who plays primary school football-in such a high profile match. But if you ask me, I now understand very well because we have a clueless coach who did not even know what he was doing. Iam sure if you ask Mtawali, he will tell you that he started with Kaliati because of Kamwendo’s absence (another failure) who was barred due to accumulation of two yellow cards. This country has a lot of good midfielders like Civo’s Nelson Kangunje who could have done us a better job than what we saw with this kindergarten kid. Kaliati kept running up and down like a headless chicken not knowing what to do. Can we have Kaliati back at under 20 please! Thank you. 0/10!
    10.ROBERT NG’AMBI-MID: Baggio, as he is popularly known, is probably our best man in midfield. He tried to fix the midfield and even move on to attack. Apart from Chiukepo, Ng’ambi is the only player who played with a purpose in yesterday’s game. But what more could you expect from him when the whole team was rotten to the core! 6/10.
    11.GABADHINIO MHANGO-STR: Gaba was once a household name in Malawi’s football circles. His presence on the pitch gave hope and great anticipation to Malawians of a victory to come. He established himself as one of Flames most reliable strikers in recent times. At present, Gaba enjoys a rich vein of form at Golden Arrows in South Africa where he is loaned from Bidvest Wits. But of late, the former Bullets striker has found it extremely difficult to transfer his club form to the national team. He completely failed to break into Guinea’s defense. He was put under siege and no wonder he was substituted at recess for Shumaker Kuwali. 2/10!
    12.CHIUKEPO MSOWOYA-STR: Chiukepo Msowoya is a living testimony of how hard work pays in football. When we all thought that the former Orlando Pirates striker was finished and completely wrote him off when his Mozambican club dumped him, Chiukepo reorganized and picked himself up at Bullets where he emerged top goal scorer in the TNM Super League last season. The tormentor of Egypt has once again established himself as Malawi’s best striker at the moment. Despite not having a grand game against Guinea yesterday, Chiukepo scored what appeared to be a vital goal for the Flames and that’s what a striker is supposed to do. 6/10!
    13.ZICCO MKANDA-STR: After years of being underrated, Mkanda announced his arrival at the international arena when he scored the lone important goal in the Cosafa Plate final last year that won Malawi silver ware after years in the wilderness. Mkanda is a reliable asset at his Mozambican club where he topped the list of scorers last season. Unfortunately for him, he completely failed to transfer his club form to the national team. Of course one would argue that he was introduced very late in the game and could not administer his dosage on the Guineans. But a star is a star! We have seen late introductions scoring vital goals for their teams. 3/10!
    14.SHUMAKER KUWALI-STR: Shumaker was very impressive and a marvel to watch when he made his Flames debut against Tanzania in a world cup qualifier. But yesterday, the former Blue Eagles star was nowhere to be seen and could have been substituted though coming in as a half time substitute. It is only him who can tell us what he did on that fateful day, otherwise, we saw nothing to write about. 0/10!
    15.COACH ERNEST MTAWALI: I have always had difficulties in understanding why Ernest Mtawali got the job as Flames coach in the first place. The guy lacks experience and expertise and does not even come closer to any of his predecessors in these areas.
    Mtawali has never done any serious coaching apart from coaching the U20 which he did a year prior to his appointment as Flames coach. He also got incorporated into the Flames technical panel for only two months together with Patrick Mabedi some years ago which was headed by Eddington Ng’onamo.
    But how does FAM expect an amateur like Mtawali to achieve what his well qualified and most experienced predecessors like Young Chimodzi failed to achieve?
    Imagine taking out an attacking midfielder Isaac Kaliati for a stagnant defender Francis Mlimbika when the game was at 1-1 and all we needed was to attack more and kill the game?
    The coach failed to read the game and was slow in making his decisions. Players like Isaac Kaliati and Gabadihno Mhango could have been taken off the pitch within the first ten minutes of the game. The introduction of Mlimbika was another unforgivable silly blunder which Mtawali made. Yamikani Fodya was a better option at that point of the game because he is mobile and we needed to do more of attacking.
    In countries where football is taken seriously, The clueless Mtawali could not have gotten the job as a national soccer coach. And it is out of greedy that Mtawali accepted the Flames job when he himself knows very well that he is not capable of handling such a big task. It is therefore my humble plea on behalf of the 17 million plus Malawians to ask Mr Mtawali to immediately step down as Flames coach!

  13. Rector Kamoto says:

    FAM ndi imene ilibe utsogoleri wabwino ndi chifukwa chake zinthu sidzikuyenda.Chinyengo chachuluka posankha osewerera timu yathu ndipo ngati izi zipitirire Flames sidzachita bwino.Mukutenga anthu oti sakuchita bwino ku matimu awo kuti asewerere timu ya dziko?Yamikani Fodya,Richard Chipuwa,Simples Nthala ndi Fisher Kondowe analakwa chiani?mumalowetsa manyaka a osewera amene achinyidwawa.Mudziwe kuti zimatiwawa

  14. KARU UNITED says:

    Chirwali Out!

  15. KARU UNITED says:

    Only Eddington N’gonamo assisted by Nsazurimo Ramadan can take the Malawian national team to greater heights in the next tournament if given a chance. All over the globe, a football coach gets fired if the results are not good enough. Fire Mtawali now!

  16. KARU UNITED says:

    Only Eddington N’gonamo assisted by Nsazurimo Ramadan can take the Malawian national team to greater heights, given a chance in another tournament. When a coach loses a string of matches, he gets SACKED! Fire Mtawali now.

  17. Nyamakumutu says:

    Stupid which qaulification are you talking about about. If you will win all the remaining gamas which is very doubtful you will have 8 points. Zimbabwe already has those same point with the possible 6 to go. You going to play away to Zimbabwe after failing to win at home you stupidly think you can win away. Forget about it. We have never been the last in any group in the history of Malawi. Why do you hate Kinna Phiri like that. He is the only one who tried his best that we never lose at home with him. If anything it was a draw stupid

  18. Mboni Ya Boma says:

    Palibe chinthu chowawa kwambiri ngati kusapota the cold flames.

  19. Alex says:

    FAM can keep the coaches but govt must stop paying the salaries of these two buffoons. Kinnah was treated harshly because Nyamilandu hated him but he was better than this stupid Xhosa. Minister Obama Chiumia chonde get rid of this man and his deputy they are wasting our time and scarce resources.

  20. Malizani says:

    mxieewwwww zautsiru basi. Zoona team yoimila dziko kumasewera mpila ngati club ya ku Chilobwe chonchija. Ernest Ntawali wayamba udyo. Miracle Gabeya amakhala pa bench ku Bullets koma inu mukumutenga nkumuyambitsa (first choice). Goal keeper mukumuika pa goal leroyu ndi yemwe ankachinyitsa zigoli zankhani nkhani ku Sure Stream koma inu mukumutenga nkumuika pa goal, kodi kweni kweni mumatsata chani mukamasankha osewera mu team ya dziko? Chipuwa munadana nae chani? Akanakhala Chipuwatu chigoli chimene chija sakanachinyitsa. Mumalandira ziphuphu kuti mbutuma zosadziwa kusewera mpira zizisewera eti? Simunganame kuti mumasewera mutakhumudwa chifukwa cha ma allowance ai. Bushiri anakupatsani ndalama zimene munakadya ku Guinea. Ndinu anthu opanda chikondi ku dziko lanu. Bola mukanachinyitsa ziwirizi ku Guinea konko kuno mkupanga draw. Ernest ulibe masiku mu Flames believe me. Zikapitilira izi, we will go in the streets and demonstrate against you.

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