Outstanding Malawi football players will have a chance to clinch lucrative professional deals courtesy of newly recruited Belgian coach Ronny Van Geneogden (RVG).
During his unveiling on Saturday barely a day after sealing a two-year contract Geneugden promised that he would like to leave a legacy after his tenure by offering outstanding players a platform to form in European and top leagues.
“I have seen a few players who are playing in South Africa. It’s important to reach out to the players,” Geneugden said.
“I have connections. I would like you to watch on TV some of the players playing in European leagues. That will be good,” he said.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu said among other attributes they were attracted by the possibility of brokering professional deals for local players in European leagues.
“Ronny will be training and grooming local coaches some of them will be attached to him as assistant coaches for junior national teams and senior national team,” Nyamilandu said.
“He must identified raw talent. He has connections in Europe and are optimistic some will be able to secure professional deals,” he said.
Most expatriate coaches have helped Malawi in a number of ways including securing deals for local players. Former Football Association of Malawi Technical Director Manfred Hoenor managed to broker a deal for former Civo United striker Dan Chitsulo to play for Colon FC which was then playing for a Germany top league while Kim Splidsboel of Denmark sealed deal for tough and towering defender Clement Kafwafwa to play in Denmark.
Splidsboel also offered various material aid such as uniform, boots way after leaving the country.
Malawian players struggle to land professional deals in top European leagues due to among others lack of such opportunities and reputable agents and player managers.
Former Malawi national football team captain Peter Mponda’ s dream to break the jinx was thwarted by greedy agents with Ben Chiwaya and Felix Sapao fighting of the right when a move to French top league side Auxere was almost sealed.
Apart from Chitsulo and Kafwafwa, former Flames top notch striker Esau Kanyenda, played for Russian top league side Rostov, Russell Mwafulirwa also played in Norway, Taonga and his brother Young Chimodzi Jr played in Greece, Holman Malunga played in Belgium, Joseph Kamwendo also played in Denmark. Flames legend Ernest Mtawali, apart from playing in Argentina he also played in France.