Minister Mussa blasts FAM’s ‘poor’ admin: ‘Malawi should have maintained Ernest Mtawalli as coach’

Minister of Sports, Labour and Manpower Development Henry Mussa  has blasted the Football Association of Malawi (FAM), saying they need a soul-searching as their management of the game in “poor”.

Henry Mussa: FAM needs deep soul-searching

Mussa said the poor results of the national football team, the Flames, is partly due to lack of direction by the football governing body.

He also lashed out at FAM subjecting players to ridicule when they purchased an oversized Umbro uniform used for the national team at the Cosafa Cup tournament in South Africa.

“One tends to wonder if at all FAM leadership is in control of things,” said Mussa.

FAM commercial and marketing director Limbani Matola, admitted that the uniform was appalling, and that they are working on having a new  uniform befitting a national team.

“The logistics on new national team jerseys are at advanced stage. The sample designs were done and duly approved with minor changes by FAM executive committee

“At the moment, we are at an advanced stage of sourcing quotations and deal packages from potential suppliers,” said Matola in quotes reported in the local press.

He said FAM will also get replicas for the commercialization drive.

But Mussa  also attacked FAM over “premature reshuffling “ of national team coaches.

He said former coach Ernest Mtawali should have been given “more time” because under him there were some signs of hope.

Mussa refused to judge the performance of Belgian tactician Roony Van Geneughen, who is the head coach of the Flames.

“We are yet to receive a report from Fam and we should be able to engage them headon to really appreciate why the whole thing, instead of improving, is getting worse and worse all the time,” Mussa said.

Fam President, Walter Nyamilandu, and General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, are yet to react to the criticism .

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You have teams like Bullets who have existed for 50 years yet they don’t have a stadium of their own. Reason, the administrators chew the money, even supporters club lives off the gate takings.
No strategic vision, no strategic planning whatsoever!


i suspect the lousy uniform cost K500,000 and they paid K10 million. The difference, they shared.

Mataka Pemphero
Lakura ku ku ma coach , a Gerald Phiri ndi sankho mapuleya abwino akuchigawo chakumpoto ndi pakati sakuwafuna, akusankha ana oti they can not give impact to the team. woyamba kutchoka akhale G. Phiri. Munachotsa Kinnah chifukwa ndiwa kumpoto , can you see what he is doing in Tanzania. Munachotsa Ernest again becoz he from the North, a G. Phiri anacoacher kuti mpira, where is Yasini Osman the talented Coach, where is Young Chimodzi, Kinnah, Mtawali choose between these not G. Phiri and RVG. He is just draining our money Malawi is a poor country. We should only have an… Read more »
DPP mbava

Nyamilandu nthawi yosiya yakwana muyaluka.


Coach wafika dzulo basi mukufuna zigoli. Be cool A Malawi. Zomwezi mukumazuzula President kuti wachitapo chani Inuyo mumafuna zapompo pompo.Let us wait and see. Mwatani kodi achewa.Simukuwona a pulenzidenti athu akulongosola zinthu zayamba kusintha. 2019 Dpp Bomaaaaaaaa


no problem with walter nyamilandu the blame has to go to the government for putting the politics into football

yemwe uja

this is what a country full of kusankhana mitundu can yield at the end of the day, mesa kumbuyo kuja munkati kinnah ndi wakumpoto achoke. panonso mukuti abwelelenso, kweni kweni a malawi timafuna chani pa moyo wathu, tiyeni tichose mtima wosankhana mitundu and we will see the goodness of the most High


It’s very lamentable and horrible about the Malawi football nowadays because of the ministerial drive and the reshafling of players each and every game saying they are building a team while they are building a lose.

Chris Njeula

The Honourable minister is very right, however his sentiments are not ministerial. He sounded too emotional. In the first place, the minister is the principal stakeholder by virtue of being a minister of sports. In other words, the ministry of sports equally share the failure at FAM. I don’t think football is failing in Malawi because of Walter Nyamilandu, No. He may leave today, yes, but don’t expect miracles if the trend of football administration is anything to go by. Let us always be pro-active other than reactive.


My opinion Water has failed the Malawi nation in terms of football let him step down harvesting time zokolola zake ndi zimenezi? Bolanso akuda anzathuwa uyu mukuti mzunguyu ndiye manyaka eni eni. Vuti Nyamilandu is too corrupt nobody knows how he arrived at picking this mzungu for the coaching job, no interviews were held no vacancy my god.

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