Malawi national football team (the Flames) captain Peter Mponda has slammed Minister of Sports Enock Chihana for dictating Football Association of Malawi (FAM) on Flames coach issues instead of concentrating on funding the national team.
Mponda said it was surprising for the minister to be dealing directly with the coaching issues instead of just working on funding the Flames.
“I thought from the Sports Ministry there is the Sports Council, then FAM? Why should the minister be dealing directly with the coaches’ issue instead of just funding the national team programmes?” querried Mponda.
Mponda blasted FAM for failing to stamp its authrority on Flames coaches’ removal by bowing down to Chihana’s tunes.
The biggest problem is that FAM people mislead the president [Walter Nyamilandu]. These amateurs have failed the president. How could FAM decide to fire the coaches before identifying a caretaker? Many Flames coaches have been fired before and why is FAM allowing itself to be dictated by the minister? It all points to one thing; that Walter [Nyamilandu] has been failed,” said Mponda, according to The Nation.
FAM is in a dilemma on hiring a stand-in coach as government has reassigned Kinnah, Young Chimodzi and Jack Chamangwana as regional coaches for the North, Centre and South respectively, meaning it would require additional money to pay a caretaker coach.
Meanwhile, FAM is scheduled to announce the new Flames caretaker coach with England Football Consultant Andy Dell being linked to take over the post.
Dell is currently working at Sure Stream Football Academy in drilling young and upcoming players.