As the hunting process for the new head coach for Malawi National Senior Soccer team continues, former Flames legend and mentor Kinnah Phiri has slammed Football Association of Malawi (FAM) President Walter Nyamilandu over his remarks that at the mean time, there is no local tactician with the capabilities of guiding the Flames to major tournaments and become a force to reckon with.
Nyamilandu made the remarks recently while making revelations that FAM Executive Committee with recommendations from the Technical Sub-Committee settled to hire an expatriate coach.
But Phiri who is currently heading Tanzanian Premier Soccer League side Mbeya F.C has defended the local coaches saying they are not failures but rather it is the FAM President and his administration who are failures.
He accused the FAM boss over his sentiments, saying the remarks are demotivating and no any single coach can accept to work as national team tactician with such condemnation and under such a hostile environment.
“Walter and his administration are the ones who are failures” said Phiri in an interview with a local radio on Thursday.
“To say there is no local coaches who can coach the national team is not right and I am against people who don’t appreciate the good things and works that others do,” he said.
Kinnah Phiri was part of the Flames squad that won the East and Southern African Challenge Cup in 1978.
He is also guided the Flames to the historical 2010 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals qualification which was hosted by South Africa.
The 62 year old who played for the Flames between 1974 and 1981 has coached in a number of African countries including Swaziland, South Africa and Zimbabwe where he left a mark and received a lot of praises.