MTAWALI’ S DISMISSAL CALLS PUBLIC ATTENTION – – Football, Netball, Basketball, Hockey,Tennis and sports in Malawi


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There are diverse ideas on the Football Association of Malawi (FAM)’ decision to name Ernest Mtawali as Flames head coach last year, following his dismissal.

Several renowned analysts among whom Patrick Simango, Paul Kamanga, Steve Liwewe Banda and Ephraim Nyirenda all concurred on faulting FAM accept few for bringing on board someone who was not fit to be in charge of the Malawi National Football Team.

“We should not just blame Ernest Mtawali, but our FAM for bringing him on board. Let’s be realistic here, Mtawali wasn’t fit to take full charge of the team.”

“From day one, signs were there that he had no idea of what he was doing as the team’s head coach and looking at the FA’s sub-technical committee report, they hired somebody who had nothing new to offer,” said Nyirenda.

Simango then concurred with Nyirenda’s views saying the criterion used in Mtawali’s appointment was questionable.

“I doubt if he indeed passed the coaching interviews at FAM because we have seen the report, since taking over, he has never submitted match reports to the sub-technical committee so how come he outclassed his friends during the interviews? I don’t think he made it based on merit,” he said.

Kamanga then advised the FA to get rid of the entire technical panel including Mtawali’s deputy Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan who has been tipped to take over as a care-taker coach.

“It will be a mistake to appoint Ramadhan as a care-taker coach because he was also part of the panel that has left Malawi in talters so get rid of them all,” explained Kamanga.

Mtawali, who succeeded Young Chimodzi last year, came underfire following reports that he deliberately ignored working with his deputy and organised a party in South Africa for his players just hours after Malawi’s Cosafa Senior Challenge Cup exit to Lesotho.



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