Expatriate coach Ronny van Geneugden (RVG) from Belgium has been appointed the new Malawi national team tactician on a three-year deal with Football Association of Malawi (FAM), his agent Antonio Carlo and FAM confirmed on Saturday.
FAM president Walter Nyamilandu said RVG is “outstanding ” choice and expect to get down to business right away.
Nyamilandu said in principle van Geneugden had accepted FAM’s offer.
“We are delighted to give van Geneugden the mantle to be Malawi coach,”said Nyamiladu.
The 48-year-old coach who last managed Enosis Neon Paralimni in the Cypriot First Division said on Saturday the he was “extremely proud’ to be appointed Malawi head coach.
RVG said the ‘hard work starts now.”
He had most of his successes with Oud-Heverlee Leuven, leading them to the Belgian Second Division title in 2010-11; hence was rewarded with a contract extension to 2015.
Despite two successful seasons in the First Division, where Oud-Heverlee Leuven finished mid-table, his contract was terminated on January 21 2014 as his team sat second bottom after a poor first half of the 2013-14 season.
According to available records, Van Geneugden has never coached in Africa let alone a national team, but football commentator George Kaudza-Masina said that is immaterial.
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