Malawi hires Ernest Mtawali as caretaker coach: Chimodzi, Chamangwana released

The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has sent the national team head coach Young Chimodzi and his assistant Jack Chamangwa on forced leave and has since appointed former midfield maestro Ernest Mtawali as care taker coach for the Flames.

Mtawali:  Appointed care taker Malawi coach

Mtawali: Appointed care taker Malawi coach

Head coach Chimodzi (left) with his assistants Jack Chamangwana and Franco Ndawa.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Head coach Chimodzi (left) with his assistants Jack Chamangwana and Franco Ndawa.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

During an extra ordinary meeting held on Sunday in Chiwembe in Blantyre, FAM  again showed it won’t tolerate
any barren result  and o agreed not to renew the contracts of the two coaches which are due next month.

The emergency meeting comes at the heels of the Flames embarrassing result of a loss to Warriors of Zimbabwe in the 2017 Afcon campaign Saturday June 13 2015.

The Malawi side lost 1-2 at home in a game many thought the Flames would scotch the visiting Warriors who had a string of hiccups before the match.

“FAM would like to note that it has lost confidence in the coaches due to poor performance on the Malawi national football team generally during their term of engagement culminating into the recent loss to the Zimbabwe national football team,” FAM general secretary Suzgho Nyirenda said.

He said since the coaches have been in charge of the Flames, they have been in charge of 23 matches of which they won six, drew five and lost 12 representing a 23 percent winning rate.

FAM said they will advertise for the position of Malawi coach “as soon as possible.”

Nyirenda said the new coach will be appointed by 1 August, 2015.

“Fam will cast its net wider both locally and internationally in search for a new coach,” Nyirenda said.

FAM said Mtawali will “immediately assume responsibility of the Flames” in preparation for the friendly match against Uganda during the country’s Independence celebrations on July 6.

The football governing body has since apologised to Malawians “for the painful loss” against Zimbabwe.

“FAM would like to express its disappointment with the result against Zimbabwe in a match which it feels the Flames were in a better position to win,” said Nyirenda.

The two coaches were appointed in January 2014 despite having only recently been sacked from the Flames’ technical panel.

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olo mutatenga Mourinho kumuikapo ngati simuwapasa ma friendly amphamvu team siingachite bwinobe!

Jabulani Kuveya Mudede
Jabulani Kuveya Mudede

@ Munthu wa mulungu. So what are you known for in this world, only us, your neighbours know you exist, do you think ordinary people in Senegal or Malaysia know that there is a small country called Malawi ? I don’t think so. That’s why Jacob Zuma said highways in Gauteng are “not some national road in Malawi” implying that you are still a garden vis-à-vis economic and infrastructural development.

If you use opoto’s currency then you are still depending upon them.Why your professors can not manage your Zim Dollar?By the way tell us the exchange rate of US $1 to Zim $.Am I not supposed to hire a pick up in order to carry US$3,000 in Zim $? If economy is growing in Zim why half of your people are living in RSA? By the way Malawi has seen its development without opoto like in your country or RSA.Without the whiteman in RSA or Zimbabwe you could not have been where you are today. We are proud to have… Read more »
Jabulani Kuveya Mudede
Jabulani Kuveya Mudede
@ Munthu wa mulungu, Zimbabwe’s economic growth is Schumpeterian growth, emanating from massive innovations – we are the only country that manufactures petrol and diesel from sugar cane (green fuel), we have tailored our own economic recovery blueprints like the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio Economic Transformation (ZIMASSET) whose gist is to value add our products, we have our own diamond cutting and polishing plant , we don’t export them raw as you do to your bananas. Our GDP is high and the economy is growing at an exponential rate. When measuring economic growth we look at the increase in… Read more »

Enerst atha kuchita zakupya. Ali ndi nzeru za makono za mpira. Zingakhale bwino atathandizana ndi mponda. Ena aja angayambe kufa ndi bp


FAM. Executive am talking to u resign. What do u expect from Kaputa and Walter let me tell u u ve made a grave mistake Young and Jack r respected coaches in Malawi.

Isaac chagwa mzuzu

We need Kina Phiri back to flames plz

Keen Observer
Agibo where in the world do they put national team players on contract? What contract? National teams don’t have permanent players. National team players are called for duty to represent their countries depending on their current forms so how can you put someone on contract?????? There are a lot of factors to be looked into that are causing our deteriorating the standard of of our soccer in the country. Firstly no developement at grassroot level. We used to have MBS trophy which all the secondary schools were participating it’s where the gems like Kinnah were unearthed. Mayors Trophy, even primary… Read more »
Rodgers Banda

Firing the coach is the only solution. Mtawali will do even worse or better. It’s much better to lose in the hands of new coach than a class 1 failure. Everywhere in the world people are laughing at us

medson manyamula

Malawi izakhala malawi palibe chomwe tizapambanapo dziko lapasi.wanthu ndiumbuli pazose last.Never and never, success to malawi is a taboo.Malawians celebrate on a sad activities because we have got nothing to be proud of,since the birth of our nation.


#85! Be as you are a Malawian,your shit talking,thats why some are calling for FEDERALISM to avoid such stupidity.DONT you observe a problem. The problem is with management becoz there is no concistency in picking the players.This game, one player next game another player,why did they ignore to put players on contracts?

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