Sports and Culture minister Grace Chiumia has ruled out the hiring of an expatriate football coach despite the Flames persistent poor performance, saying the government is too broke to pay a foreign coach.
Chiumia was responding to a question in parliament on Tuesday concerning her ministry vote.
“As of now, we have our local coach Ernest Mtawali whose contract expires after a month so as government we do not have plans to hire an expatriate coach who is very expensive,” said Chiumia.
Her comment comes barely three days after Football Association of Malawi agreed to fire Mtawali and replace him with Burundian Nswazirimo Ramadhan who has been deputy coach for the national team.
Reliable sources confirmed that Mtawali’s contract would not be renewed when it expires next month.
Malawi national team has not been doing well in recent tournaments.
Some FAM officials said the poor showing is mainly as a result of Mtawali’s uncoordinated choice of players during tournaments accusing him of not consulting the technical team when appointing a national team.
Other people on social media however blamed the government for poor funding of the Flames.
Several legislators who contributed on Tuesday noted that the government has poorly funded both the national football team and the national netball team K34 million each.