Malawi’s high profile football figures have questioned national football team Ernest Mtawali over the exclusion of highly rated midfielders Robert Ng’ambi and Chimango Kayira.
Former MDC United and Under-23 national team player Chiza Nyirongo took to the social media questioning the logic behind his decision at a time Malawi need to win against Zimbabwe and Swaziland to stand a chance of qualifying for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.
“Dropping Chimango Kayira a workaholic and midfielder Robert Ng’ambi, a creative midfielder, seems to me and the technical team are lost,” Nyirongo said.
“What I gather from past call-ups are things personal and not football related. It seems he wants to build his own squad by sidelining these senior and experienced players.’
University of Malawi senior lecturer, who has played football while in college Dr Richard Nyirongo, said the trend was tantamount to never ending trials and experiments for the former Flames legend.
“What baffles me is that our coaches seem not to have an idea of how to identify and subsequently correct the weak displays by some of those otherwise great players. Are we saying every time a player plays below par they be dropped from the squad,” Nyirongo said.
“We seem to be moving in circles when are going to have a squad. Are we going to be building forever.”
Lawyer and former Mighty Be Forward Wanderers David Kanyenda also bashed Mtawali over the decision.
“Mtawali doesn’t seem to know what he wants. One thing am certain about is that he likes his boys from Under-20 side he coached,” he said.
High Court Judge Lovemore Chikopa said football authorities do not have a keen interest to watch games.
“They don’t have an idea about what players we have and their capabilities and most importantly to use them,” Justice Chikopa said.
He also expressed concern on the lackadaisical approach since such games have a bearing on Fifa rankings.
“I understand all competitive games such as World Cup, Caf, Cosafa and all games played on Fifa calendar contribute towards rankings. Can we afford to lose any competitive games,” he said.
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