Malawi will not hire top quality expatriate coach – FAM

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) will decide on Saturday on hiring the new national team coach so that he can guided the Flames to the African Nations Championship qualifiers starting in April but ruled out prospects of having a top-quality tactician owing to financial hiccups.

FAM President Walter Nyamilandu: Malawi cannot afford a high profile coach

FAM president Walter Nyamilandu said the association the Saturday meeting will discuss “the position of national coach.”

Nyamilandu, however, said some of the applicants for the Flames vacant post of head coach  are top-quality coaches.

He said FAM will not shortlist the high-profile coaches because of limitations in funding their perks.

“We will have to pick coaches within our means,” said Nyamilandu.

The FAM president said the decision to hire an expatriate coach will wait for the nod of State President Peter Mutharika as Flames coach is paid by government through the Malawi National Council of Sports.

Expatriate coaches that have shown interest in the Flames coaching job are reportedly demanding a minimum of K9 million monthly salaries.

If President Mutharika approves the hiring of a foreign coach under the 50-50 cost sharing proposal, FAM will have to cough around K4.5 million every month.

“We cannot afford to sustain such an arrangement,” said Nyamilandu.

The K9 million excludes other expenses like house allowance, a car, fuel and other benefits the coach would demand.

The expatriate perks are four times what the other local coaches FAM engaged in the past using funding from government—Ernest Mtawali, Young Chimodzi, Kinnah Phiri and Jack Chamangwana—were getting.

FAM wants a long-term contract—preferably three years—with the expatriate coach.

But football anlyst Charles Nyirenda who once served as FAM secretary geenral  said priority should be  on  tackling the root cause of dwindling standards of football.

“Personally I have my doubts about our national team prospects being far better under an expatriate coach. If FAM thinks that short-term measures can bring quick success, let them hire a foreign coach. But if history is to guide us, the better results ever achieved by our national teams came when local coaches—Henry Moyo, Reuben Malola, Mathews Mwenda and Kinnah Phiri were at the helm,”  Nyirenda is on record saying

Nyamilandu could not disclose applicants for the Malawi coaching job.

Meanwhile, Gerald Phiri Snr is the caretaker coach for the Flames.

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7 years ago

Foreign coach basi. Mmalawi muno ma coach ake samadziwa football. Ma coach ambiriwa we are just recycling anatha nzeru ngatinso nzeruzo anali nazo. Uhule kuchuluka. Team manager ndikhala ine chifukwa osabwereza anthu oti anapasidwapo mpata kale ndipo analephera. We need new people enawa ayamba kuika ma Kwacha ochuluka, dollars, pulla mu socks and ma boot a mpira.

7 years ago

Kinnah Phiri ndi good deal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7 years ago

Kim was the best coach ever Malawi had yes the local coaches are required but also look at how football have gone so far if we want to be a world class team
better to have a foreign coach than local coach

7 years ago

………………..“We will have to pick coaches within our means,”………………………

What type administration of football or sports is this??????????????????

7 years ago
Reply to  ungwelu

PLANNING TO FAIL kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

7 years ago

Brothers just swallow your pride and call that Kinnah Phiri lead Pannel (Kinnah, Young, Jack and Mbolembole,) ndi Mzungu uti anapanga zakuphya ndi Flame. mukufuna muzingoononga ndalama. K9 000 000.00 per Moon munthu mmodzi imeneyo anthu 5 iwakwana

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