FAM proposes new Malawi coach: English trainer Andy Dell

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) is preparing to hire SureStream Football Academy official, who is also England football consultant Andy Dell as the new Flames coach, Nyasa Times understands.

“There are two names from SureStream Academy tipped for the job. Patrick Kulemeka and Andy Dell. But the favourite name to take the mantle as the new Flames coach is Andy Dell,” said the source in the soccer governing body .

Dell, who holds a UEFA  ‘A’ Licence coaching certificate, was once with the Flames when they were preparing for their World Cup qualifiers encounter against Kenya in May, 2012.

Dell stayed with the team for a week helping the players physically and taking set pieces and other drills.

Dell with Kinnah: Succession?
Dell with Kinnah: Succession?

FAM terminated the contract of head coach Kinnah Phiri and his backroom staff following a string of poor performances. Kinnah and his assistants have been made regional football directors, a position deemed as demotion.The soccer  governing body  is turning to expatriate coaches again , saying locals have nothing new to offer.

FAM president Walter Nyamilandu announced that the inclination in the long term is to engage an expatriate coach.

Nyamilandu cited the recently fired Kinnah Phiri, Jack Chamangwana, Yasin Osman, Young Chimodzi, Eddington Ng’onamo, John Kaputa and Alex Masanjala as some of the local coaches who have had stints with the Flames .

He said while there is a crop of up-and-coming coaches, they cannot be thrown in the deep end at this stage.

“Some are with foreign clubs while others are with Super League teams and there are also others not attached to clubs, but they lack experience and they cannot be put at the helm,” said Nyamilandu in the local press.

Soccer commentator Charles Nyirenda said Malawi is not  ready to deal with expatriate coaches.

“Considering the way we do things, I doubt if we are really ready to deal with expatriates because they will give you a plan of action that will require resources and the usual bit about funds not being there will come up.

“So, my take would be that we are not ready for an expatriate,” Nyirenda, who once served as FAM chief executive officer, was quoted in The Nation newspaper..

He said it is time the country developed capacity among local coaches, citing  Ernest Mtawali, Patrick Mabedi and John  Maduka as examples.

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