Malawi to hire new coach by December – FAM

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) will hire a new coach by December this year after severing ties with Belgium Tom Saintfiet and his assistants, Eddington Ng’onamo and Patrick Mabedi.

Fam president Walter Nyamilandu told national broadcaster  MBC that he was optimistic to employ a coach by the end of the year in preparations for  the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

“Ideally by end of December we should have a new coach. If we had resources we would’ve wanted to play in a Fifa calendar match just before the end of the year, maybe sometime in November,” Nyimilandu said

“We don’t have money now and the way things are going, it’s very difficult for us to receive any additional money. We had problems going to Nigeria. It wasn’t easy, so I don’t see us getting money any time soon.”

FAM president Nyamilandu and the coacheing panel which was picked after Kinnah and his staff were fired....Photo Jeromy Kadewere
FAM president Nyamilandu and the coacheing panel which was picked after Kinnah and his staff were fired….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

He said the association would submit a supplementary budget to the government bearing in mind that it would be unfortunate for the country to miss out on the qualifiers.

“We’ll submit our request for supplementary funding. Although we’ve been told that it’ll be difficult, it’ll be unprecedented for Malawi not to participate in the Africa Cup of Nations.

“We hope that the powers that be,  will be able to see light in this direction knowing that the budget that was given for the national team this year was reduced from last year and the cost of living has gone up.”

He also disclosed that lack of financial resources had forced them not to consider participating in the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup the team had been involved in the past three consecutive years since 2010.

Fam last hired Kinnah Phiri with his fellow legends Young Chimodzi as assistant coach and Jack Chamangwana as Technical Director but the three were redeployed  to regional coaches in April after they were fired.

They engaged Bullets mentor Eddington Ng’onamo but the team’s performance forced Fam to controversially engage the Belgium coach in June on short term contract.

Saintfiet lived up to his word to step down after failing to win against Nigeria in a crucial World Cup qualifier.

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