Mtawali says no one is guaranteed place in Malawi team

Newly appointed Malawi football team head coach Ernest Mtawali has promised to select players on merit and that no player is guaranteed a place in his team.

Mtawali: Let there be fierce competition for places

Mtawali: Let there be fierce competition for places

Mtawali said this as he was asked to unpack his future plans following his appointment after out classing Edingtone N’gonamo, Gilbert Chirwa and Nswanzurwimo Ramadhan (who was appointed his deputy) during the interviews last week.

“We will be picking players on merit and no one is guaranteed a place in the national team” said 51 year old Mtawali.

“Am not here on holiday but am here to impart the knowledge I have gained all these years,” he added.

The Flames legendary said his vision is to expose hidden talent and to make sure that players from Malawi like any other continents make names in the world.

Meanwhile, Mtawali claims that he has no any excuse and that he will be able to drill players ahead of any assignment in a period of seven days.

It will be the first time that Mtawali has taken charge of a national team at senior level having previously been Malawi’s Under-20 coach.

He believes his experience as a player and now coach is enough to see Malawi move forward.

“It is a challenge that I have been looking for,” Mtawali said following his appointment.

“I think I am going to bring a different dimension to the national team using my previous successful career as a player.

“We need to instil the tactical discipline in each and every player because what is important is to see Malawi achieving success.”

tawali has been appointed as head coach of Flames with Burundian Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan named as his assistant.

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu said he hoped the two coaches would start the process of rebuilding Malawi so as to see the team go back to winning ways.

“We have lost our style of play over the years and Ernest and Ramadhan represent that missing link.

“They are both tactically minded because modern football is very scientific and we think they can bring in the high standard of play that we are lacking so that we can have the competitive edge” Nyamilandu added.

Mtawali and Ramadhan’s immediate challenges will be in the 2017 Nations Cup qualifiers.

Malawi next play Swaziland early next month in their second group match before starting their World Cup campaign away to Tanzania in September.—Additional reporting by Frank Kandu, BBC Sport

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32 thoughts on “Mtawali says no one is guaranteed place in Malawi team”

  1. Billy kamanga says:

    Who is new national teams cuptain then?

  2. chrispine chiwaya says:

    all the best mr ntawari

  3. Hello! says:

    The coaches need sufficient funding to go around the country and scout for new talented players. Furthermore, the national team needs at least two full weeks of preparation in order for the coaches to have enough time to impart their knowledge and skills to the team.

    To Mtawali: The national team often lacks psychological muscle as a result they sometimes blow away a lead in the dying minutes of the game. Work on their psychology too. Alternatively, ask FAM to hire a Psychologist for the team.

  4. Chimani. Game says:

    At number 6,for your information Ernest
    Has not just played in South Africa,he has played
    In Brazil Italy

  5. baggio says:

    Mr mtawali ndiye kut muyambanso kukoza timuyina,Ndiye kut mukhala ndi team yanunso yanu yanu?musamaletu kutengela thawi September akunenedwayu sikale if u talk too much zidzakuvuta this is Malawi football ndemukazitengela pagong’o zikuvutani, chomwe mungadziwe mpira a Malawi timatha koma tikuyenda matembelero ena ake oti sitingawaone ndi manso we need god Kut alowelelepo.make my words

  6. steve sowole says:

    i agree with mtawali.Zinatha zoyendela kuti amkasewela bwino.

  7. APM is my hero says:

    nyasa times,please remove the picture and put another one,as you can see some dumb people are already assuming that he look like this.

  8. NYAKWAWA says:

    kusewera ndi kukocha mpira ndi zinthu ziwiri zosiyana ndipo ngati Malawi ipangitsako ngakhale draw yeniyeniyi mu Afcon mudzandifunse.

    Ngati nthawi yogwirizira mapuleya anayamba kale kudandaula naye,nanga pakali pano bwa?

    In your coaching
    Do the talking
    Players’ll do the losing
    FAM ‘ll do the blaming
    Govt ‘ll do the funding
    Council the sacking
    People the laughing!

  9. fricodaluka says:

    Chithunzicho kma penapake tamaganizirani bwino………However I think Ernest was a good option of the four..we saw however good his U-20 team was..might have been knocked out koma there perfomance gave some encouragement of a good future for Malawi Flames…However for effective change in football in Malawi a lot has to be done than the coaching….the management at FAM has to be a bit serious at times, there are no real structures for talent nurturing in the country coupled with age-cheating syndrome,the coaches don’t get enough resources from money,support and training resources to drill our team effectively…and lastly the players themselves…most players lack on and off pitch discipline,tactical awareness and skill itself……names no longer play ball these days…..

  10. SOTHINI MBWENU-MBWENU says:

    DOES MALAWI HAVE EXPATRIATES IN PHOTOGRAPHY. MIN OF INFORMATION FOLLOW OUR COACH AT HIS HOME AND THEN SNAP A GOOD PIC.
    THE MAN IS MENTALLY UPTODATE BUT THE PICTURE IS LIKE HE IS ………………………..

  11. Kondwerani Jabu says:

    We don’t want toomutch took,but action.Remember that u’l not be playing.Ndiye osadzipopa choncho mwamva a Mtawari.

  12. mtumbuka1 says:

    In cricket or rugby players are identified by a panel of selectors who bring the list of the identified players possible for selection to the coaching panel for selection. And after being put through training those that makes the final cut are selected for the national team after the coaching panel and the selectors together agrees on the selected players. This ensures that players are selected on merit and that when the team fails the blame does not fall squarely on one person (coach) In the world of soccer coaches are hired and fired every month just because it is believed that the coach is a miracle worker so even if players chooses not to win games just because they hate a particular coach, the blame goes to the coach which is not fair according to me. In our case, we need to have a very strong and competitive under 17 and under 23 to feed the senior team and the under 17 & 23 must be fed by soccer academy, have academies in the north, centre & south as feeders. The problem with this country is ignorance and not travelling to other countries and see what others are doing. And the most impatient supporters in all sports in the world are soccer supporters, if the team loses today tomorrow the coach goes. No wonder some of us play golf and watch cricket where there are no hooligans. Soccer sucks big time.

  13. Che BIKILONI says:

    Bola osakondela posankha maplayer. Poti Malawi walero wavuta. Komabe zabwino zonse

  14. ziz says:

    kukaya ndiko kuli banyamata bakumanya kusebera bola

  15. Mbuya says:

    I will say something after playing 2 or 3 games pano tayi

  16. Afanaze says:

    This is F already in everyones face. Look back in this guy’s playing history how many times did Malawi win with him wearing the jersey?…and if he played successfully in all these countries who has the proof of success. These are big shoes this guy can not fit in. Waste of time and resources.
    My best advice to Malawi soccer be mindful when chosing the next leadership at FAM. This is where Malawi soccer is failing. Nyamilandu has to go is soccer development is to take a different approach to modernization.

  17. Mbanangwa says:

    Merit does not only mean class work. Art at play cam also mean merit. I got Mtawali right, meaning ‘those with exceptionally great talent ‘ will make his first class eg Yamikani Fodya etc

  18. namchuchule says:

    Your national coach. Promising?

  19. Arson says:

    Happy that at long last one of the meostry Chilwali Mtawali has been appointed as our Head Coach, congrants. Please my coach may you kindly go as far as Northern Region to get talented players espercial Chitipa and Karonga, you will find a natural born players. I have never seen any coach of the Flames go to Chitipa to hunt players. This is why we will never ever prosper in football. But please coach go to each and every district in Malawi and fetch good and talented players. We love soccer more than anything else.Players are not from Blantyre and Lilongwe not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. koma says:

    zooooona madala

  21. Mlauzi says:

    Let`s give Ernest a chance. His experience as a professional player may indeed come in handy. At least under his tutelage the Flames beat Ugandan Cranes. He also did quite well as under 20 coach. Let`s support him. No more of that PHD syndrome

  22. Alufeyo says:

    Is FAM going to assist Mtawali get a residence permit since he holds a South African passport?

  23. Mr Ntawali sir.the Malawi national team was already built.am not ready to hear something like “WE ARE BUILDING THE TEAM” as these are the only words that a lot of unprofessional coaches use as an excuse.
    i personally understand winning and losing is football.but if you win 1 draw 1 and lose 1 out of every 3 games its good.wish you nice assignments

  24. Willie Chimseu says:

    This kind of thinking from the coach is very encouraging & I whole heartdly agree that it will be a turning point of football in this country.period

  25. Tiyeni nazo a mtawali.

  26. TruFactor says:

    You mean there’s no other good picture for him you could put?

  27. Malawian MomS says:

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH US MALAWIAN. THIS GUY LOOKS AS HALF OF HIS BRAIN IS NOT WORKING. READ HIS FACE EXPRESSION,SAYING IT ALL.

    MALAWIANS, JUST BECAUSE THE GUY WAS IN THE R.S.A, AND WAS A FOOTBALLER FOR YEARS DOES NOT MEAN HE HAS WHAT IT TAKES TO LEAD THE TEAM NO. LEADERSHIP IS A TALENT THAT PEOPLE ARE BORN WITH IT. SCHOOL AND EXPERIENCE JUST INHANCING IT.

    PLEASE LET US LOOK OUT SIDE THE BOX WHEN IT COMES TO SELECTING LEADERSHIP. SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST GOOD AT TALKING AND DON’T WALK THE TALK.

    ALL I CAN SAY IS WITH THIS ONE. WE ARE SETTING OURSELVES FOR A BIG F.

  28. CHONCHOBE says:

    Kodi a Mtawali akati merit akutanthauza chiyani, mpira omwewu merit? mpira si merit bwana unless u can school me. Its better to shut your mouth, what we Malawians want is kuti The Flames iziwina osati eeeeehe koma Malawi inasewera koma yaluza. Ife tatopa nazo zimenezo. Ikhala mbili ya Chimodzi ndi m’bale Jack inali chonco, mwina bola Phiri adayesetsa. MOVE THE TALK!

  29. C Sekeani says:

    Mtawali mpira anawuyambila ali mfana, it’s his food… I personally wish him well!

  30. Rover says:

    Nyasatimers: Can you choose another good picture of Mtawali. Did you check how the picture looks before posting it? Let me agree with Mtawali that no player should be granted a permanent place in the national team. A players current performance must be the bench mark for selection into national duty. No need to call Kamwendo (for instance) simply because he is plying his trade in diaspora when his performance is at its lowest ebb. No FAM official (even the president himself) must dictate on who to be pocked for national duty. Leave Mtawali and his assistant alone. All the best to you Mtawali.

  31. Mwethu says:

    How is it possible to appoint a person on TEP obtained working for another entity? I think FAM and Govt have goofed big time on Rhamadan. Rhamadan TEP is for Big Bullets. If one wants to apply a job for in a foreign country you do so while in your country, and you also apply for the TEP whilst in your country. What has happened here in against Labour Laws. a TEP is not transferable, so Rhamadan doesn’t qualify to work for FAM since he is on a TEP under BB.
    I stand to be corrected. Rhamadan should be disqualified on the grounds of TEP infringement.
    However, the combination of Earnest and Rhamadan is indeed the missing link in the Malawi National Team. We are technically a zero tactic team and Earnest’s experience will definitely help the team, so long as the players dont sabotage him. We already heard rumours after the Stadium Game how some players complained Earnest’s hard approach to his coaching, FAM should back Earnest all the way, we need a disciplined team and not the leissezfaire attitude associated with our players.

  32. Sir JohnRodz says:

    Mkulu’yu amandikaikitsa zochitika zake, si Chamba ichi?

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