Former Malawi national football team coach Ronny Van Geneugden (RVG) has accepted Football Association of Malawi’s (FAM) decision not to renew his two-year contract.
The decision was made during the association’s executive committee meeting held in Salima District on Saturday, April 6 following recommendations from FAM’s technical committee.
The committee had agreed on the recommendation on Friday ahead of the Saturday meeting.
FAM has chosen under-23 coach Meke Mwase to take charge of the Flames until a permanent appointment is made.
RVG said he respect the decision and was not bitter.
“I respect the decision and I wish the new technical panel well. I think Malawi football is on the right track. I have maintained a good working relationship with all the coaches I have worked with at all levels,” Geneugden said.
He added: “I will be going home a happy man because we have developed a lot of players for the past two years.”
His right hand man Peter Mponda, who is not in the newly appointed technical panel, also said he had accepted the decision.
But he claimed that RVG was a suitable coach for Malawi football and deserved to be given another chance.
“RVG was the perfect man for Malawi despite the poor results. Personally, I believe he did well although results were not coming our way. But he is a good coach and I respect him a lot for what he did to local football. We will appreciate his contributions to Malawi football may be in the next two to three years.
“But I am not bitter with F’s decision to leave me out of the new panel. I knew that if the head coach went, I would follow him because we were close,” Mponda said.
RVG’s other assistant, Franco Ndawa, is also out in the cold as FAM has appointed Lovemore Fazili to deputise Mwase.
In a press statement released on Saturday, April 6 evening, FAM said Mwase would be in charge of the Flames until a permanent appointment is made.
The country’s football governing body said it would engage the government on the process of recruiting coaches for all national teams.
RVG took charge of the Flames in April 2017 but only managed two victories against Togo, in a friendly, and Comoros Islands in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.
In 21 games in charge of the Flames, he lost eight games and drew11.
Malawi collected five points in the AFCON qualifiers after playing six games. Morocco and Cameroon qualified for the AFCON finals from Malawi’s Group B.