Former Malawi national football team skipper, Peter ‘Mjojo’ Mponda, has called on government, the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and other stakeholders to fully support the Flames’ coach designate, Young Chimodzi and Jack Chamangwana.
Chamangwana and Chimodzi, both East and Central Africa Senior Challenge Cup (CECAFA) winning captains in 1978 and 79 and 1988 respectively, have been appointed Flames’ coaches following a meeting FAM Executive Committee held over the weekend.
The former Bullets captain said the two Flames legends have what it takes to steer the perennial underachieving team to greater heights if given full support in the course of their work.
“I know Young and Jack are capable of doing a good job for the Flames as coaches. Actually they are the best local coaches the country has at the moment,” said Mponda who returned home two years ago after spending seven years playing professional football in South Africa.
“But I would like to appeal to FAM, government and other stakeholders to offer them adequate support so that they carry out their work effectively.”
Mponda, who is technical director of Sure stream football Academy in Blantyre, said the coaches would not find problems to come up with the team because they had been in the system for long.
Chamangwana and Chimodzi were appointed alongside former Red Lions, Mighty Wanderers and Silver Strikers coach Franco Ndawa as team manager, former Flames goalkeeper Phillip Nyasulu as goalkeeper trainer.
Chimodzi and Chamangwana served in the coaching panel of coach Kinnah Phiri as assistant coach and technical director respectively who were all sacked in March last year following the team’s unsatisfactory performance.