Malawi turned to former skipper Ernest Mtawali as head coach to lead them on their journey to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and was unveiled at a news conference on Saturday 1 August.
The former Flames midfielder maestro replaces his old international team-mate Young Chimodzi .
After Nyasa Times had first broke the new s, Football Association of Malawi ( FAM) on Saturday morning announced formally that Mtawali has been hired as coach of the national squad while Big Bullets tactician Nswazurimo Ramadani is his deputy.
The unveiling ceremony took place at Chimwembe Technical Centre in the presence of the two coaches, FAM President Walter Nyamilandu, FAM general secretary Sugzo Nyirenda and John Kaputa the technical director.
Former Flames defender Clement Kafwafwa was appointed team manager, while Philip Nyasulu as goalkeepers trainer. Levison Mwale was left with the mantle as team doctor.
Mtawali immediately warned that team work was the key to restoring the country’s footballing fortunes.
“It is a great honour to be coach of this nation,” he said . “First of all, I am not coming as a Messiah. I am not coming as a man who can single-handedly turn Malawi into Spain or Brazil. I am coming in to do my best and give, if possible, 150 per cent all the time.”
Mtawali turned out for sides in France, South Africa during his playing career.
His first venture into management was as the Flames Under-20 coach, where he was successful having won a number of games in the African Championship tournament.
Internationally he played for the Flames for a number of years, where he was nicknamed ‘Livewire’ for his skill in the midfield.
Mtawali, added: “The state we are now in, I think we are all not happy with.
“But we have the potential and that is our belief and the players must know that it’s an honour to be invited to the national team.”
Nyamilandu, president of FAM said Mtawali’s first task would be leading the team to the 2017 Cup of Nations.
“We know that Ernest and Ramadan can deliver. We are very excited about his advancement. On the field we have not been able to have a replacement for him.
“On behalf of the federation we will give him 100 per cent support. My plea to Malawians is that lets support him because this is not his job alone but both of us,” said Nyamilandu.
He said Mtawali if part if a new generation of football coaches, an excellent tactician and motivator with a progressive philosophy.
Nyamilandu also said they feel Ramadani will transform Bullets success to the national team.
Meanwhile, Ramadhan has been given two weeks to inform his clubbefore resigning and start his job at the national team.
Both coaches have been given a one-year contract and results will judge them for another renewal.
With the new coaches. Flames is embarking on a slow but steady mission to re-anchor itself among top southern African teams.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :