Young resigned as Malawi coach after Cosafa debacle, FAM forced him to stay on

Former Malawi national football team Young Chimodzi resigned after the team failed to meet one of the targets that Football Association of Malawi (FAM) had set aside.

Young Chimodzi. Pic: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Young Chimodzi. Pic: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Well placed sources said Chimodzi throw in the towel at the Cosafa in South Africa but it took FAM officials to convince him to stay on until the results of the Zimbabwe game.

“After the team failed to progress in the Cosafa Tournament in South Africa Young Chimodzi decided to resign. But it was observed that the decision was made out of emotions hence the decision to persuade him to stay on,” said the source close to FAM.

Malawi lost to Mozambique in a painful way when they let the Mambas to come from behind to beat the Flames on penalty shoot-outs after a two-all draw.

But the Flames recovered to beat South Africa in penalty shootouts and Zambia 1-0 in the Plate final.

The source attributed the Flames loss to Zimbabwe to among others tactical deficiencies and rigidity.

“It seems the coaches were not comfortable to take on board what the consultant Andy Dell recommended to the team in the course of their work.”

“If they were able to take on board ideas from the consultant some of the questionable fielding and substituting players would not have been done.

FAM decided recommended not to renew the contract of the Chimodzi and his assistant Jack Chamangwana.

They have since been sent on holiday pending the expiry of their contract on June 31.

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17 thoughts on “Young resigned as Malawi coach after Cosafa debacle, FAM forced him to stay on”

  1. Patrick Muthema says:

    Mpira pa mw. I beg to differ with your argument. 1. Being one of greatest players and having great footballing children does not equate to being a good coach. 2. Coaching a local club and a national team are completely two different things. In a club you can easily understudy your opponent and devise a game plan to overcome them easily. This is not so with a national team. So your argument is very fallacious. Young and Jack have miserably failed. You dont appeal to dubious history. Infact Kinnah was far much better.

  2. TRUTH says:

    KONGRATS!! YO GO! Wapanga team yabwino!

  3. Netballer says:

    June 31 or June 30?

  4. Youn says:

    Its pitty we have thrown away the best coaches. Our Sepp Blatter and the entire executive are the ones to blame. Young and Jack are overall performers as far as Malawi football is concerned. Wakula ndi mwano from some few silly players omwe ndikukhulupilira kuti amakonderedwa ndi some big fishes ku FAM.

  5. mphatso says:

    @12 playing football and coaching are two different things.Just look at how Malawi has been playing recently defensive wise as if they were not coached by two great defenders of their generation.But also our own sepp blatter must go he has done his part we need to try new fresh brains we will call him back as he is still Malawian.If he wants he should try coaching as well

  6. Mpira pa Mw says:

    I beg to differ with Young’s critiques based on the following reasons:
    1. Three years later when Silver Strikers was just formed Young Chimodzi took over as a Coach player and the team used to grab trophies year in year out.
    2. Looking at his performance at National Team level Young was one of the best players and I fail to equate him with any amongest the current crop of players.
    3. Any local club which Young coaches does very well at least finish the season with a trophy or his team is always amongest the top 4 on log team in super league.
    4. He is the only player who retired without being substituted during his peak days both at National Team and at Silver.
    5. Look at the way his kids are performing in Turkey – Taonga and Young jnr in India.
    Ngati ndanama ndanenazi anthu muli ndi ufulu kutsutsa objectively. I rest my case

  7. ZZ Junior says:

    Zonsezi ndi FAM. Walter and Company need to go as well. Walter is managing FAM the Sepp Blatter way. Corruption and fraud I rampant at FAM.

  8. BERN says:

    Venomless coaches must pack up and go

  9. mbombodyani says:

    Pali zambiri apa

  10. Afanaze says:

    FAM needs to go first, reorganize football in MW. Nyamilandu team of Nyirenda and the retired army official needs out. Watch what Nyamilandu is up to…extending husteams contracts before the soon elections this bites the voting patterns- Blatter style the votes are unionized in their favor. Mark my words.

  11. mbani says:

    What about FAM officials mukutani

  12. chindele says:

    What some of us do not believe in is the thinking that if somebody was a player one time then he can also be a coach. Coaching is a different profession. So stop it do not use former football players as coaches. The federal govt of the north will never do that.

  13. godoba says:

    ntawali ndiyebolanso elia kananji ndi andy khakakona

  14. omex says:

    There is no June 31 and will never be.

  15. Izi ndi zofuna, why chang tha COSAFA Plate winning team.

  16. Phodo says:

    My argument
    1. Chimodzi did not resign. In one of his communications after forced holiday, he said he saw the dismissal coming the far distance using his binocular gudget. He said it.
    2. Secondly FAM communicated about his dismissal in angry mudu that they have finished Chimodzi after failing to meet the target.
    3.Million of readers have critised the enforced holidays meaning that they are not mad people, they held it.
    4.The issue is FAM has been accused and it has ear for hearing, this may internally or internationally by FIFA who knows? It could be better for FAM to come and apologise in a press briefing nor the mboshombosho they are telling.
    5. If he resigned why did FAM not just receive the resignation for the coach’s dignity soon after Zimbabwe game. Inu a ku FAM muyenera kuchitanso resign.

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