Belgian journos say RVG’s Malawi job surprised compatriots

Two Belgian journalists have disclosed that Ronny Van Geneugden surprised compatriots back home after landing a job as Malawi National Football Team coach in April this year.

Belgian coaching Malawi: Ronny Van Geneugden

Sports editor for Belgian newspaper Get Belang Van Limburg which publishes in Dutch, Mark Cornelissen and video journalist Guyentie Bogaert who were in Malawi to do a special coverage on RVG, said the country is relatively unknown to Belgians just as its football.

Another element of surprise was raised because the Belgian journalists said it was RVG’s first time to take charge of a national team.

“People in Belgium were a bit surprised because he has never trained a country but clubs,” Bogaert said.

“Apart from that most people in Belgium don’t know Malawi as a country and also its football is not well known,” she added.

The Sports Editor Cornelissen said RVG’s job would now put Malawi football on the radar in Belgium as they have already started following how their compatriot is faring with the Flames.

“We wish you well its good that you have started winning,” he said.

The two journalists came in Malawi on Tuesday and left on Thursday after doing their assignment and they also attended a news  conference at Chiwembe Village in Blantyre called by RVG.

The journalists said RVG is a high profile coach in Belgium who has also coached a Belgian top league side Genk.

With Malawi national team he has registered one win over Comoros in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, one draw against Kenya in a friendly and two losses home and away to Madagascar in the Championship of African Nations (Chan).

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Ayonzo mtsitsa

We mediocre from the heart!

MR Lee

That’s alie,where was Laurence Ways,how do you people forget that our former players have been playing in Belgium ?

self centred
A Malawi we don’t accept the problem that we have,we thin we are the giant ,RVG is a good coach and the team that played Comoros is quite different from any other team in terms of style of football that the team played, we don’t want to talk history the time kinah, and now you can’t compare, this coach is good and is good ,if you talk of 700,000 people in Comoros population does that make sense in the ground ,in football we don’t underestimate the oponet everyone gets prepared before the game so that he win ,1 goal or… Read more »
Donald chirwa

kkkkk ayaya amalawi RVG tamuona ngati mulungu chifukwa chowina game imodzi tiyeni timudikire atipititse ku world cup. 1-0 pa home ground game ya home and away its a disgrace. rvg ngati ulidi coach tipititse ku world cup tione if you that we gonna praise you the whole life.

Those who do not know Malawi, are just poor Geographically. We Malawians, know many places in the World regardless of what they have done. But being interested to know much about the World. In my case, I knew Belgium in the subject of History before I knew Hazard. Those Chinese & Belgians who failed to know where Malawi is, are just lazy to read the World Map. Many pple know places in the World not that they reached there or that country has done something special, but through books.And they clearly explain about that place as if they have been… Read more »
jervis nyaka

just wait and see the following games. cameroon and others

Mzika Yeni Yeni
A Malawi mungotengeka ndi za zii. Poti ndi Mzungu. Tiri ndi anyamata mummuno mu Malawi. In 1973 at Mzimba Secondary school, we had one sports officer from Ministry of youth ( Kondwani Lindoni) was his name. He coached our team for only 3 full days. In 3 days he built a team. The following week end we played Mzuzu Government Secondary School ( National School), we held Mzuzu Govt. Sec. School 0 – 0. They did not believe this. After the game Eliam Mtika , Sherif Khonje, Walter Moyo and I think two more players were taken on board for… Read more »

its funny how journalist think they know everything in the world. let him dig his gold he landed it on his own.

Keen Observer
Shameful indeed. Malawi can be put on the map because of the so called RVG? Who is he after all? Is Belgium a footballing nation? The answer is a fat “NO”. What do their clubs do in Uefa competitions? Nothing. Holman & Kennedy Malunga once played in Belgium so why should they say people will start to know you cos of this RVG? Kuwina kwache kuti?? Comoros at home 1-0? Comoros population about 700 000 people? Come on guys be serious. We did better under late Reuben Malola with his team comprised of late Frank Singapore & late Cliffton Nsiya… Read more »
Ayonzo mtsitsa

I totally agree with you


What criteria did they follow,Malawi it will be difficult to improve in football,get Beston chambeshi from Zambia u20 coach better.

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