Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu has said fired Malawi national football coach, Kinnah Phiri remains the country’s football legend.
FAM terminated Kinnah’s services last weekend.
The 58-year-old has paid the price after leading the Southern Africans into a string of uninspiring performances, the latest their 3-1 humiliation by Bafana Bafana.
“The poor run of results was of great concern and we could no longer maintain his services because there was no end in sight,” said Nyamilandu.
“The statistics speak for themselves. We all kept living against hope that we would turn the corner, but unfortunately the results were not forthcoming,” said Nyamilandu as quoted by The Nation.
He said “it would have been a great injustice to continue with him when the working environment was becoming too hostile and when trouble was brewing. So, we had to intervene and save the situation.”
Nyamilandu nonetheless pointed out that Kinnah “ is not entirely to blame” for Malawi’s poor results, saying “ the insufficient funding by Malawi Government was not helping the cause either”.
FAM president said Kinnah will remain “a legend “ for having guided Malawi to the Africa Cup of Nations in 2010.