I can Meke it! Mwase ready on Malawi coaching job full-time

The Malawi national team caretaker coach Meke Mwase has expressed readiness to be a full-time Flames coaching job after guiding the team to Cosafa Cup plate finals.

Meke Mwase: This is the job that I am already doing

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has advertised the post targeting both local and expatriates.

The Flames coaching job fell vacant after FAM decided not to renew Belgian coach Ronny Van Geneugden’s (RVG) two year contract in March.

Speaking on his return from COSAFA, Mwase said he is yet to apply for the job but he is always ready to take the team.

“This is the job that we always do but it is up to the Football Association to decide on that but actually I am ready to do the job.

“I have not yet applied for the job because the vacancy came  while I was with the team at the Cosafa Challenge Cup. I thought it was important to concentrate on the tournament first but I am back now, I will see what I can do”, Mwase said.

FAM president Walter Nyamilandu said the association wants to give Mwase a chance to vie for the position.

Most Malawians have backed Mwase that he should take over the job based on his performance at COSAFA.

Malawi has never lost in 90 minutes at COSAFA but all the team’s losses came from post-match penalties.

The Flames Captain John Banda agreed with the public that Mwase should be given the job because he has delivered.

“The coach is the who has made all things possible because he gave us all the freedom to play. We were not afraid to play.

“Even if I say anything, it will not change anything because I am not one of the authorities that may choose the coach by my general assessment is that everyone has seen and I think the coach deserves the job”, the Captain explained.

Malawi never lost a game at the COSAFA Cup in the first round and came home with ten goals from seven games.

FAM general secretary Alfred Gunda said the secretariat was receiving many applications every day.

“The interest has been overwhelming since we placed the vacancy. I may not be able to say how many locals or expatriates have so far applied because we have not yet started sorting them out. But there are plenty of them,” he said.

FAM has targeted Confederation of African Football (CAF) A holders or Uefa Pro and Fifa Pro coaching licence holders.

So far, some expatriates that have shown interest in the job include Jorge Añón De Leon (Uruguay), Fredrico Azolez (Peru) and Vincenzo Alberto Annese (Italy) while South Africa-based Patrick Mabedi is one of the notable local coaches who have applied.

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3 years ago

my opinion we should rush Meke, let him develop properly via the ranks, he has been with Under 20 then under 23 so let him finalise properly his term with the under 23 and then he should later graduate to the National Team.

We should remember at the cosafa tournament the majority of the Teams featured second stream teams

Sly slim moja
Sly slim moja
3 years ago
Reply to  chifundo

One step at a time don’t rush Meke Mwase let him learn the job first he should remain with under 23 , he himself knows that he is not ready that’s why he didn’t apply for the job. They should be no hand picking we want merit , when mother luck runs out and a Flames start losing the same people who are forcing FAM to give them the job will bay for his blood.

Kalekeni Kanene
Kalekeni Kanene
3 years ago

AMalawi. Apa tisalimbane ndi zambiri ayi. Ntchito iperekedwe kwa Meke Mwase. Tonse tawona zimene wapanga mu COSAFA cup. Malawi almost won it. Zambias toughest opponent was Malawi. We gave them a big run.
My advice to Meke if he picks the job. (1.) he must find a better goal keeper. The current one was absent on the goal posts as he costed us the tornament. (2) He must train the players penalty shooting as we shot poorly, even missing targets.

Ndayizivei Chiremba
Ndayizivei Chiremba
3 years ago

I would love to see Mwase and Mabeti in the coaching panel as assistants with expatriate as the head coach

3 years ago

Yes! Meke deserves the opportunity there is no better opportune time than this. He seem to have the working technical ability to lead the team . The statistics that this team has produced at this tournament have not been seen since the 1980’s Malawi has a winning philosophy embeddded in the winning years of 1978,1979 and 1988, and this development and performance by this team seem to have those traits. The discipline, attitude, the hunger and the mental capabilities just seem promising for this young team. Go Meke! as a former Malawi National team E&C African Challenge Cup winner you… Read more »

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