Malawi Flames coach Mwase

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—As Malawi National Football Team Coach Meck Mwase’s contract is expected to end this month on 31st, football experts are of the view that the coach must be given a chance to finish 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers games before stakeholders decide on his long term fate.

According to The Nation, Football Association of Malawi (Fam), during its first executive meeting, did not make any decision regarding the coach’s future as they opted to be thorough with consultations.

An informed assessment can be done once Mwase completes Afcon assignments where results would count, sources say.

“It has been tough for the association to thoroughly assess the coach to decide whether he stays or not. No wonder it was difficult for the executive meeting to make a decision in the absence of complete results,” said the source as quoted in The Nation.

Both Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda and the association’s head of technical subcommittee Tiya Somba-Banda said they were consulting stakeholders as Mwase’s contract was due to expire on January 31.

“We know we are racing against time but the decision will be made soon when we are through with the consultation process,” Gunda said.

On his part, Banda said they needed all stakeholders to make an input before making the final decision.

“All the details will be released once we are through with consultations,” he said.

If Mwase’s contract is extended, it means the former Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers defender would be in-charge when the Flames conclude Afcon qualifiers in March against South Sudan away and Uganda at home.

Meanwhile, National Coaches Association (NCA) General Secretary Davie Mpima has said the coach needed time to be fairy assessed.

“Of course, at the beginning, we questioned his appointment because we felt he was rushed. He was supposed to spend time with Malawi Under-20 before picking up the job for the senior side.

“Anyway, we feel the right decision can be made after the qualifiers whereby the results should count. As it is I would advise Fam to further extend his contract to assess him properly. Mwase met some unfortunate conditions including the Covid-19 pandemic which made planning difficult,” he said.

Mwase was hired last year after impressing during the 2019 Cosafa Championship in South Africa, where the Flames lost in the Plate Final.

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