RVG promises Euro professional deals for Malawi players

Outstanding Malawi football players will have a chance to clinch lucrative professional deals courtesy of newly recruited Belgian coach Ronny Van Geneogden (RVG).

Belgian coach Ronny Van Geneugden: In charge of Malawi on a two-year deal

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.

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ya_smooth DJ
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“I have connections.” seriously?… this guy is telling that to the whole nation and we are celebrating? someone should tell this fool that he is not here connect rather he is here to teach football.

kangongo kanzeru
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Paja aMalawi timanyadira munthu akamatinamiza,akut apeza misika yakunja ya maplayer kkkkkkkkkk musandiseketse iye amalephera kupeza ncthito kwawoko nde adzinama kut apezera anxake apa nde kumunamizadi nchikumbe Walter

Bibo
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That makes the difference between European coaches and local coaches.If a country in Africa wants to rise in football, it has to hire a reputable European coach who will be the bridge between players and clubs in Europe. When players ply their trade in Europe they change their perception of the game and technically and tactically,they become more disciplined and mature. Malawi should have explored the possibility of having a football mentor who would expose local players to European clubs, long time ago and by now the Flames’ would be a big force in Africa. Playing in African clubs has… Read more »
self centred
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Amalawi we will die useless pple ,because of greedy,and pride,we think we can do thing the way we want ,that is why we don’t accept the new thing to merge, how can u say it’s waste of resources by having an expatriate, and indeed if we want our football to change this is then a deal ,do you want morinho to coach malawi ,do you think the players we have in superleagu are the best to compete internationally hhh haha hahahahahah pple let’s see what he has Rome was not built an over night similarly flames needs time ,man u… Read more »
kings
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Do you know Malawian football players’ behavour? Once you send them to Europe they will come back and say they were missing nsima. What a shame.

Imbwa
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Oh yesss! Nsima ndi yokoma. Ndani sakonda nsima and he is a pure Malawian?

Omudziwa fizo
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A mjojo simesa its food inabvuta osati zama agent mukanamazo hahahahahahaha!!

Wanjiko
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Palibe chimene atapange ameneyu.JUST waste of resources.All this because of Nyamilandu’s selfishness.

nyoni
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kulakhula kwa ndithe -ndithe nathambwe adzitengera…………………….

Gang'a Weniweni
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osakaika ai zithu ndi pang’ono-pang’ono

ineyo
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Mwina ndakaika.

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