MP says FA Malawi in denial over Flames poor form

Dowa North Member of Parliament (MP) Enos Chitatanga has said Football Association of Malawi (FAM) is leaving in denial calling the national football team, the Flames, ‘Barcelona’ when  it is having a run of poor results .

He said this after presenting the petition to Parliament which he received on behalf of  Parliamentary Committee on Social andCommunity Welfare made by concerned football supporters.

Chitatanga also said  there is need for an inquest on the hiring of the Belgian coach Ronny Van Gneugden and FAM has to be audited.

He told Parliament that there were three main issues in the petition. The first was poor performance of the national team in that out of the 20 games, the team has won twice and lost eight times and drawn 10 times. 

The concerned citizens are also demanding transparency in the way the national coach was recruited.

Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya declared that the petition was officially with the Malawi Parliament pending appropriate action.

But reacting to the petition, Minister of Sports Grace Chiumia, said she wished the petitioner had consulted her ministry to found out what it was doing on the matter.

“It is not only football which has problems, even netball. I know there is a problem. As government we are also concerned with the poor performance of the flames. I want to organise four special and separate meetings with the coaches first, then the players, FAM and lastly the Sports Council.

“We should not rash to terminating the coach’s contract. I want these people to explain to me the problems they are facing without each other’s interference. I am very hopeful that after those meetings I will know the root cause and I will tell the nation and as Malawians we can come up with solutions to the problems,” said Chiumia.

Chiumia added that she will make sure to hold the four meetings in a single week after the current seating of Parliament saying it is the wish of government to see the flames performing well as it used to do in past.

Chairperson of Social and Community Welfare Committee, Richard Chimwendo Banda, has since announced that his committee will summon FAM and the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development in January for a hearing.

FAM president Walter Nyamilandu has welcomed the call by Parliament, saying it offers them an opportunity to clarify things.

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Yafet Kanyinji
Yafet Kanyinji
3 years ago

Our Honourable MPs, this is not the best way to solve the Flames problems, let football matters be solved by sportsmen, politicians should solve their own problems, this is the reason why FIFA does not want government interference in football matters.It is just unfortunate that those in the football driving seat they do not listen from the fans. We have capable sportsmen in this land who can turn around flames challenges.

Kalulu Wadwala
Kalulu Wadwala
3 years ago

Nothing is working in Malawi. Underperformers are rewarded in this country. It’s sad. Most people holding high positions are not ntelligent. You pick it from their English. Even the reporter who has written this article. Very bad English.

3 years ago

I hope FAM does not get banned by FIFA if the parliamentary committee meeting is seen as government interference which is against FIFA statues

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