The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has appointed Gerald Phiri as Coach of the Malawi National Football Team, the Flames, and will lead expected to start preparations for the 2018 Championship of African Nations (Chan) qualifier against Madagascar on April 22.
Phiri will be deputised by Derklerk Msakakuona.
The two have been tipped to understudy an expatriate coach who will be appointed at a later stage.
FAM has also appointed Peter Mponda as team manager; Phillip Nyasulu as goalkeeper trainer and Levison Mwale as team doctor.
Flames will go into camp on Sunday as they await to play a friendly match against Kenya on April 18 en route to Madagascar for a CHAN qualifier.
Government has since approved funding for the two tournaments after weeks of speculation on whether money would be available for Chan and Afcon.
Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Henry Mussa said “proposal for additional funding has been approved and the Flames will take part in both Afcon and Chan.”
Government’s commitment came just days after South Africa-based Prophet Shepherd Bushiri pledged to bankroll the Flames’ participation in the two tournaments.