Let’s not insult Malawi coach Kinnah: Tenthani’s Muckracking

Newspaper columnist Raphael Tenthani has tacked the subject of Malawi National football team head coach Kinnah Phiri who has been demoted to a northern region football director. Nyasa Times reproduced the Muckracking on Sunday  ‘extra’ article below.

I magine Bakili Muluzi – who has been the country’s president for not one but two terms – decides to contest as an MP for Machinga East; what would you think of him?

He has gone mad, I can almost hear the majority of you say in unison.

That is exactly how government wants to treat Kinnah ‘Electric’ Phiri’! They want to treat him like not only a desperate but a deranged man as well!

Look, it has pleased folks on Capital Hill to insult the beleaguered Malawi national football coach by appointing him Regional Sports Development Officer for the North.


What bullocks!

If I were Kinnah I would refuse the offer outright for that is not only a demotion but an insult to the legend as well.

Look, among other things, Regional Sports Development Officers are supposed to scout for – and nurture – raw talent at regional level to feed into team building plans for national coaches of all disciplines, be they in football, boxing or athletics.

Now you want Kinnah to go to Chilumba, spot some raw talent and whisper to some national football coach: “Sir, I think this boy has a future in football”? Really? C’mon, good people, for Kinnah to rise to the pinnacle of Malawi football he has “been there, done that”. Surely you cannot reduce him to a mere talent scout.

I know this is a trick by government to dodge buying out the rest of Kinnah’s contract.

But that’s not Kinnah’s problem; if we have fired him without proper procedure, let’s pay him his dues; we don’t have to insult him. That’s not the way to pay our legends.

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