RVG has personal hatred against me – Gerald Phiri

Gerald Phiri has lifted the lid  on why he has been removed  from being national team assistant coach and replaced as Under-20 national team coach , saying his mentor Ronny van Geneugden (RVG) has  personal hatred  against him.

Gerald Phiri: RVG has personal hatred against me

RVG proposed to Football Association of Malawi (FAM) to have Phiri replaced with South Africa-based Patrick Mated and Peter Mponda as Flames’ assistant coaches on temporary basis.

The proposal has been approved.

Only Phiri has been removed as team manager James Sangala and goalkeeper trainer Swadick Sanudi have also been maintained as part of RVG’s backroom staff.

Phiri has also been also not been retained as Under-20 national team coach and is replaced by Meke Mwase will be deputised by Silver Strikers assistant coach Lovemore Fazili while Griffin Saenda Jnr has been named team manager.

But Phiri has suggested there was ‘real hatred’  from RVG  against him.

“The truth of the matter is that [RVG] has personal hatred against me. It is not about performance,” said Phiri.

The Belgian said the inclusion of Mabedi, Mwase, and Fazili in the coaching panels is part of his drive “to mentor as many coaches as possible”.

RVG said he is  looking at coaches that have “the potential” and also those that have “exposure, having worked with expatriate coaches both locally and internationally.”

Phiri insists RVG is telling lies.

“He is not telling the truth and he know it,” Phiri said.

Phiri attributes the fall out to RVG listening to gossips against him.

The former Be Forward Wanderers, Nyasa Big Bullets and Azam Tigers coach also denied what FAM president Walter Nyamilandu  said  that he has been assigned other duties in the office of the FAM technical director, saying he has not been informed about that.

Meanwhile, Blue Eagles coach DeKlerk Msakakuona has been maintained as Under-17 national team coach and he will be assisted by former Mafco FC coach Temwa Msuku while Enos Chatama has also been maintained as team manager.

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Chilungamo kuwawa

Mukadzamudziwa amene a kuwononga flames mudzakhumudwa. Musadane ndi RVG koma alipo Mmalawi a kuwononga safuna kuti Ana a pano adzamudutse pa mbiri ya mpira dats why amadana ndi Lucky Malata, Zonda,Lanjesi,Fischer, Kamwendo ndi ena ambiri.


The coach has not only come to kill the flames but to destroy

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Let us be reasonable enough. Can a man fly all the way from Belgium to work as a football coach only come to hate Gerald Phiri Senior? I don’t buy it. Guys, change happens in every organization world over. People come, people go in employment. Today it is RVG tomorrow it might be you Gerald as Malawi’s soccer coach. That’s life akulu. Malawians, we want to see positive results from the Frames. May be RVG sees you don’t suit in his football coaching philosophy. We don’t care much about it. What we care that the coach and his entire team… Read more »
ananveruwa akumalowa

Phiri ndiwe chitsiru cheni cheni kunena zoona sumatha kukocha ndipo ndiwe chiphwisi cha coach wanva umuuze nyamilandu akulembe ntchito yomakakocha makoswe wanva?, live RVG alone munthu okhwima iwe kuphya ndi dzuwako umaziona ngati ndiwe nzungu? usandilakwise pita ukatsegule BABERSHOP uko fo seki


If you have been removed from the coaching panel of the National team then just accept it and go and look for a job else where if you are a qualified coach.In a modern football nowadays wherever you go a coach or a team manager chooses his/her own backroom.So to some of us who normally follow soccer world wide its not a strange thing what RVG has done.


He is the overall supervisor. Just accept and you move on. Don’t fight losing battles. Wish our sports well and exercise sportsmanship in whatever you do. Next time you will be picked, osakwiya Gerald. After all, you are a Malawian and surely you would like our national team making success stories. Keep calm bwana Phiri

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