Malawi coach under fire: FAM to review Belgian’s performance

Malawi coach Ronny van Geneugden’s (RVG) is coming under fierce pressure after poor results and following the Cosafa Cup exit.

RVG and Malawi national team technical panel

Football commentator and Malawi News columnist, Pilirani Kachinjiri  on Saturday described RVG as the  the “talentless” expatriate coach  who has brought shame to the nation after failing to beat lowly-ranked sides like Mauritius and Botswana.

In his ‘Sports Persective’ column, Kachinziri argue that RVG should simply accept that he has no football brains to transform Malawi soccer and the best he can do is to step down.

“In fact, it was unheard of for Malawi to employ such an inexperienced coach. Some of us who have been in this game for some time appreciate the demands that go with coaching a national team.

“It was a gamble to trust such a raw coach with the complicated task of coaching the national team. It is even suicidal to invest our trust as a nation in such a novice hoping that he can improve Malawi football,” reads Kachinziri’s column.

“We should not be blinded by the spirit of patriotism and ignore the reality on the ground that our national soccer team has completely nose-dived since the coming in of RVG and his so-called football philosophy,” he added.

Meanwhile, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu has said the association’s executive committee will soon meet to review Geneugden’s  performance.

Nyamilandu said it is “ disappointing “ that Malawi had to be booted out in Cosafa Cup.

He said there “ need to find a solution” to the Flames unending problems.

RVG , however feels he has made tremendous progress and is on he right track in rebuilding the team and results will come later.


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4 years ago

RVG is not the problem. Our problem is funding. Why? 1) No good incentives to our prayers. Poorly salaried in their clubs. 2) Camping before games: our players do not camp enough in preparation for the game. This cause them sleep around with girls, women, their wives hence loosing a great deal of energy that make them get tired quickly. 3) Players loiter around pubs drinking free beers offered by most of us. Beer is poisonous anyway. It takes away a lot of energy from the body. Most of us are to blame. We like pampering our players with beers.… Read more »

4 years ago

One thing I don’t like about this coach is his faith in his so-called passing game. Where in this world do you keep on passing the ball around while time is running out? Football is about quick passing, attacking or surging forward, then scoring,but defending jealously is the core. RVG’s philosophy invites opponents to score and at the same time creates less chances for the team to score.This explains why his strikers run around aimlessly because there is not sufficient supply of balls upfront as there is too much passing activity in Malawi’s own half. RVG must understand the urgency… Read more »

4 years ago

The coach is not the problems. our players dont have the spirit to win. how can they be missing from close range shamefully like that?? omwewa mu Super league amazipereka kumachinya, why not ku National team?? JUST DISOLVE THE SO CALLED FLAMES TEAM AND GIVE THE FUNDING TO THE STREET CHILDERN.. EESSHHH

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4 years ago
Reply to  nyamilandu

The problem is not the coach or players but the Presidentof FAM. So long as Nyamilandu or Mwenda are at the helm of the FA my country men and women do not expect miracles. Nyamilandu and Peter Muntarika share the same genes. Clueless readers Malawi has ever had

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