Govt scrutinizing FAM’s report to offer Kinnah new deal

Government says the future of Malawi’s national football Coach Kinnah Phiri would be known in due course, as officials in the Ministry of Youth and Sports are scrutinizing the report they received from the Football Association of Malawi (FAM).

Principal Secretary (PS) for the Ministry, Alex Mseka said government, despite being an employer, was not directly linked with the coach.

Mseka said they make a decision basing on what FAM presents to the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Kinnah: FAM has recommended he gets new deal

He said it was the contents of the report that FAM normally sent to government that were able to make a decision on the contract.

“I can confirm to you that we have the report on Kinnah Phiri reflecting his performance and we are now critically scrutinizing it. The details will be known later,” explained Mseka refusing to disclose any single detail of the report.

Asked if the coach’s contract could be extended now that the team had qualified to go to the next round of the African Cup of Nations after trouncing Chad last Saturday, Mseka said it was not for the public to know about the processes that was currently taking place.

“The stand of government about Kinnah’s contract will be known before the end of 19 days from today,” he said.

The PS also dismissed rumours suggesting that government gave the coach an ultimatum of four games which would decide his future.

“It is a total lie that we gave Kinnah an ultimatum of four games, the media needs to report factual issues,” said Mseka.

FAM is reported to have recommended for the renewal of the Malawi national team coach’s contract.

After a draw game with Nigeria two weeks ago, there was a public outcry to have his contract terminated.

But Malawi’s soccer legend proved his potential when he managed a two goal win over Chad last Saturday buying a ticket in the second round of the tournament.

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