Time up for Mtawali: FA Malawi plan not to extend football coach’s contract

The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) is not willing to extend the contract of national football team coach Ernest Mtawali when it expires in July this year, Nyasa Times understands.

Mtawali: On way out

Mtawali: On way out

FAM meeting over the weekend analysed the tenure of Mtawali and officials were not impressed.

Mtawali’s record of five wins, six losses and four draws in all competitions is hardly inspiring, the FAM meeting noted.

“Ernest Mtawali’s deal would not be renewed,” a FAM source said.

Malawi National Sports Council, which is responsible for hiring  the coach and his remuneration, says it is waiting for FAM to make their position clear on whether they need Mtawali or  not.

Mtawali took over the mantle of Malawi national football team in 2015 after FAM sacked Young Chimodzi and his assistant Jack Chamangwana.

Mtawali’s deputy Nswazirimo Ramadan is likely to be installed stand-in coach as the football governing body will advertise for the position of the Malawi national football team head coach.

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11 thoughts on “Time up for Mtawali: FA Malawi plan not to extend football coach’s contract”

  1. Gogodasi says:

    hhmdidi, what is your personal definition of development if you feel football in Malawi is not an area of development? The sad thing you have done is simply to to make the argument, but not offering a sound solution as a thing or things that we can put our energy on. This is not the essence of argument and this is why the opposition in the country is considered weak and unproductive because when they criticize the government, they don’t offer alternatives. If you didn’t understand, I said football is one of the development areas. The important phrase is … one of the development areas. If you are unable to excel in a particular activity, then what do you call that? Raise issues with reasonable facts and other than making noise, otherwise if you have nothing to offer, keep quite to avoid exposing your level of education in public and let the intelligentsia make argument that can benefit the nation.

  2. Gogodasi says:

    Ramadhan should not even be given the chance of a caretaker. The best thing to do is to advertise the post or begin scouting for a national coach with a track record. What is the Ministry of Sports doing in this instance? In the past some coaches were coming from developed countries on bilateral relations when they get paid a salary by their government sand the Malawi government provided housing, transportation, cook, and security. Why can’t the Ministry negotiate with its counterparts through the embassies as this is one of the development areas that equally needs serious attention? FAM could set the ball rolling by engaging the Ministry in talks other than bringing in people that they would in the end expect to give them kick backs.FAM is not creative nor entrepreneurial that is why football standards are dwindling. Countries like Norway, Sweden, UK, Germany, France, Egypt and others would certainly be willing to enter into this arrangement when approached for the sake of football development in Malawi.

    1. hhmdidi says:

      “as this is one of the development areas that equally needs serious attention” Is this really an area of development that needs serious attention? Come-on Gogodasi!! What are you talking about? There are myriad issues that need attention and not football, it has never brought us anything! The best we can do as a country is to disband our football team and concentrate on other things we can do better on!

  3. hosta says:

    Kinnah Phiri has to be reappointed as the Flames coach bcoz he is the only coach who did the great job for the team. He is such a genius coach, during his time we never lost matches in competitive matches at home, he knows how to get the best out of players

  4. master says:

    after 6 months when ramadan is the coach, there will be calls for his firing mark my words ndithu

  5. WIN WON SOON says:

    I said it before and I say it again that Mtawali was never to make make it. Its time to disband the Flames staff and players and start afresh in 2019. WHAT A DISGRACE and the these players never have a heart of pride to wear the national colors on the field of play. Clueless coach and his bench staffers and nothing you have achieved. Don’t renewal their contracts. Its time up. I will see you on the next page.

  6. Gwamba says:

    Kinnah destroyed the team.

  7. opportunist says:

    This is not a solution at all.

  8. International Observer says:

    Unfortunately Mtawali is just a victim of circumstances. He is forced to shoulder Nyamirandu’s underperformance. It is him and his entourage that requires sacking. How do you blame an architect who is employed without proper tools? How many managers is the National Sports Council going to employ before nipping the root cause of these substandard results? Those at this council have a problem and we as tax payers need good answers.

  9. Youna says:

    Firing of coaches will solve nothing. Vuto lili ndi mabwana a mpira. You lack vision.

    1. nkhani says:

      But this one deserve to go!

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