Malawi begins search for new football coach

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) are looking for a new national team head coach following the exit of Kinnah Phiri, who has been fired after a string of uninspiring results.

FAM announced the sacking of Kinnah, his entire backroom staff of  deputy coach Young Chimodzi and technical director Jack Chamangwana on Saturday, some six months into their new two-year contracts extensions.

Their axe is due to the team’s poor performance.

According to FAM chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda, the body hopes to appoint Kinnah’s “in the shortest time possible”.

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Malawi travels to Namibia in March for a 2014 World Cup qualifier.

FAM said the Flames squad under new coaches “will need to thoroughly prepare” for that fixture.

Ngwira also said consultations are underway with the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports as well as Sports Council on recruitment of successors.

FAM president Walter Nyamilandu said  the intention is to engage an expatriate coach.

“The inclination now is for an expatriate coach,” he said.

Kinnah took charge of the Flames in 2008 and only signed a contract extension until 2014 in October last year.

He is credited to, for the first time in 26 years steering the Flames to 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, but the team has been on a free-fall since that feat.

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