Gerald Phiri appointed Malawi U-20 coach

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has announced the appointment of Azam Tigers coach Gerald Phiri as the new Malawi National Under 20 team coach.

Gerald Phiri: Junior Flames caoch
Gerald Phiri: Junior Flames caoch

FAM General Secretary Suzgo Nyirenda confirmed the development on Sunday.

This follows FAM’s Technical Sub-Committee and Executive Committee members meeting held recently.

Phiri is expect to lead the Junior Flames as they make a return to the Cosafa Castle Cup tournament.

According to Nyirenda, Phiri will be deputised by Enos Chatama and Griffin Saenda Junior who are both associated with youth football development.

Phiri was former Flames senior team coach Ernest Mtawali’s assistant when Mtawali was in-charge of the Junior Flames.

Mtawali was impressive enough during his stint with the junior Flames tempting Fam to offer him a contract and graduated to take charge of the senior team.

According to the Fam General Secretary, the Under 20 players are expected to go into camp mid November and will be identified through the FMB Under 20 league and while few others night come from the super league and the Flames Under 17.

“It is all up to the coach,” said Nyirenda.

Other players will also be identified through regional select teams.

The players will undergo screening to ensure no overaged players are included in the squad.

In a related development, Fam has settled to hire an expatriate coach despite calls from several Malawians asking the association to  pick a local coach.

Government also previously announced it is too broke to allow the association hire an expatriate.

Fam already received over 50 application letters from both local and foreign coaches seeking the Flames coaching job.

The position fell vacant following the expiry of coach Ernest Mtawali and his assistant  Burundian Nsazurwimo Ramadhan.

Ramadhan stand a chance of being picked following a 1-0 win over Swaziland in the last Flames African Cup of Nations qualifying match.

He was offered a tempolary one month contract.

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