Written by CHADUWA DHUMAKUDE & MANENO CHIMULALA
MZUZU--Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has appointed Big Bullets' Coach Edington Ng’onamo to be the head coach of the Malawi national soccer team fondly known as Flames replacing Kinnah Phiri who has been demoted to the newly created position of the director of football responsible for the Northern Region.
Former Flames players Ernest Mtawali and Patrick Mabedi will deputise Ng’onamo. Charles Manda is the team manager and the team doctor is Kondwani Kachipanda.
This development comes at a time the team needs to prepare for the 2014 World Cup group qualifiers game against Namibia in March.
According to FAM statement the new panel will be in charge of the national team up to September 2013.
Ng’onamo is currently being praised for turning around Big Bullets fortunes and a strong league pursuit for Bullets since he took charge of the team last season while facing relegation.
The appointment has also come few days after FAM president Walter Nyamilandu faulted the decision of redeploying the former panel, arguing it would negatively affect resources for hiring another coach.
The former coaching panel that comprised head coach Kinnah Phiri, deputy coach Young Chimodzi and technical advisor Jack Chamangwana was fired a week ago owing to Flames’ dismal performance. The three were redeployed to the country's three regions as directors.
The new panel isn't a surprise to Malawians as they were already among the probable choices to take over the Flames. Among the suggested coaches were Young Chimodzi, John Maduka, Yasin Osman, and Surestream Academy head coach Andy Dale.
(c) The Maravi Post 2013