Gerald Phiri is ‘assistant’ coach: FA Malawi to hire expatriate

The Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has clarified that Gerald Phiri is not the head coach for the national team but an assistant to a yet to be unveiled head coach who will be a foreign expatriate.

Gerald Phiri: He is first assistant coach

Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda said Phiri, who turns 49 this month, is on a one year contract as first assistant coach while De Clerk Nsakakuona is second assistant coach.

Gunda said they are expecting an expatriate coach by this week and the two assistants will understudy the head coach.

“We expect the head coach by Thursday and would guide the Flames in the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against Madagascar this month,” he said.

Former Zimbabwe senior soccer team coach Kalisto Pasuwa is tipped to be the expatriate coach to be hired by FAM.

A number of coaches had been linked with the job, with former Warriors goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar among those reported to have been in the frame to land the biggest coaching job in Malawian football.

Former Warriors coach Ian Gorowa, former Zambia coach Honour Janza and Paolo Duarte had also been bandied about although Pasuwa appeared to be the leading candidate.

FAM had even contacted Pasuwa through his manager Gibson Mahachi as the asssociation prepared to offer him a contract ahead of the upcoming Chan and Afcon qualifiers.

Pasuwa led Zimbabwe to their third Afcon finals in Gabon in January, but failure to go beyond the group stages did not please his employers Zifa who decided against renewing his contract.

Malawi players are in a training camp ahead of their CHAN game away in Madagascar on 22nd April with the return leg at Bingu Stadium a week later.

FAM has also have secured a friendly away to Kenya on 18th April en-route to Madagascar.

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Mike Mulumbe
Mike Mulumbe
5 years ago

IF I WERE NYAMILANDU I would resign over this indecisiveness. within a space of three weeks FAM has changed decisions which have shaken the football fraternity. at first Malawi pulled out of the major tournaments on the continent then made a U-turn that Malawi will participate in the tournament. FAM accepted the airtel sponsorship soon after the ruling by the FCC which has resulted in pulling out of TNM sponsorship and a delayed start of the super league. The the decision to hire Gerald Phiri he has been relegated to the post of assistant coach what a mess worthy resigning.

5 years ago

Koma abale zinazi ukamva mutu umawawadi, may be its me who doesnt understand the word “expatriate” is Pasuwa an expatriate coach ? It is better just make the same Gerald Phiri the main coach. Ngati ndalama palibe basi siyani za expatriate coach zo

5 years ago

This FAM organization is a hell of a disjointed administration. Of all the coaches in the world, you have to choose Pasuwa, a man without any personality? It is even better to hire the likes of Yasin Osman or Kinnah Phiri than a Zimbabwean not befitting the word ‘expatriate’ to coach our national team. What is wrong with Malawians? Do you think there is a great disparity in football standards between Malawi and Zimbabwe? You hire an expatriate coach from an advanced country in football not from a mediocre country like Zimbabwe just for the sake of saving money. What… Read more »

zako izo
zako izo
5 years ago

FAM bwerani poyera mutiuze coach akubwerayo ndindani? Chomwe mukubisa ndichani? FAM si estate yakunyumba kwanu. Inu zoona mungatenge coach amene ku Afcon 2017 sanawine ndi game imodzi yomwe.A Fam mukutani? ( failing to prepair is prepairing to fail) Apa akhungu akufuna atsogolerane akhungu okhaokha.

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