Nobody is guaranteed a place in Flames starting line up, says Mtawali

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Malawi national football team head coach Ernest Mtawali has warned all players that nobody is guaranteed a place in the starting line up.

He was responding to the recent public outburst by Flames and Platinum Stars midfielder Robert Ng’ambi who vented his anger on the coach after warming the bench for the entire 90 minutes during the two-all-draw in the 2017 Afcon qualifier against Swaziland a fort night ago.

Speaking during a press briefing at Chiwembe Technical Centre on Thursday morning, Mtawali said he will only call a player based on his form and discipline.

Ernest Mtawali and Nswazirimo Ramadhan 2

Mtawali (in black tie) says all layers are equal.

“Robert Ng’ambi is one of the best midfielder we have had in Malawi. He has been influential for the team and I called him because of his leadership skills and discipline. “I don’t want to talk about him but all I can say is that nobody is guaranteed a place in my first line up. Players have to fight for it,” he said.

He also added that the door is not shut for the dropped senior national team players. “The door is not shut. If a player is in good form, he will be called into the team,” continued Mtawali.

On his team’s preparations, the former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder said new players like Fisd Wizard’s Levison Maganizo and Mighty Wanderers’s Kondwani Kumwenda and the rest of the players are performing well.

“Overall, the players are in a very good shape. I am very impressed with Levison Maganizo and Kondwani Kumwenda as well as Deus Mkutu. Their performance is very good and everything is going according to the plans,” he concluded.

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  1. There is No Player Wamuyaya abale inu. Accept it. Let the coach do his job. Kodi inu ku training mumakhalako. Musatitopetse you Monday coaches! Mtawari, do your job, we are assessing you, soon your honey moon shall expire…

  2. “No player is guaranteed a place in the first eleven” yes, agreed but keeping Robert Ng’ambi on the bench is daylight suicide. Ng’ambi is one of the best midfielders we have at the moment. He is a regular player for Platinum Stars and oftenly scores. It is total mockery to keep him on the bench unless he’s injured. Let’s put aside any grudges if they exist otherwise we are going nowhere. Let’s utilise well our hard earned resources by doing the right thing. I agree we have other good players but we badly need experience to win games. After losing at home to Zimbabwe we were supposed to win the game in Swaziland.

  3. this z tym tu mtawari nobody ntcheet him coz head of coach amakhara mmodzi gwrani ntchito yanu yokomzaso team yanthu yomwe idaonongeka agaru ena asakusokonezeni bwanji farm sidatenge iwowo kukhara macoach are 4seck

  4. Upite ku Ganah aliyense amadziwa 1st eleven,Nigeria,Zambia and many more. Nanga bwanji mpaka lero kumalawi tilibe 1st eleven? Thats y timangoluza. Lero wina mawa wina so maplayers agwirana bwanji?

  5. Chamba chomwe ankasuta nthaw imen ankamenya mpira chayamb kugwira tchito nw, captain angankhar mzava,ma coach akumalawi sadzantheka,ngamb nd amene amayener kuteng band nt mzamva, wayamb lit mzamva bozi, mudzingot mukonz team mpaka kukuchotsan vepi

  6. A Malawi kod munatani musamusokoneze coach apange maganizo ake inu mukufuna mumupangire lineup,mufuna atengeso zakale zoluza ife tikufuna new blood mu flames osati tiziva zakale,ikaluza nomwenu mudzat amatenga zakale ikawina mudzakamba zina,draw ya swazland mukanakhala ng`ambi wanuyo bwez titaluza.

  7. To include or not to Include is not an issue here guys! In business world, you need to carefully choose a strategy which brings desired results. Therefore, as to whether the Flames mentor will or will not include whoever, it’s none of our business, all we want as a nation is ‘Flames must be winning their games’. Period!

  8. Malawi ndife otsalira muzambiri olo titalimbikira bwanji sitidzapita patsogolo ife koma katangale, ziphuphu, miseche ndi kaduka palibe chidzayende bwino kumalawi kuno Malawi Is Hard Country

  9. musieni mtawali apange zomwe akudziwa. kodi kuli young chimodzi samasewera ng’ambo o? nanga ngati amasera kulowaso moyamdirira imaluziranji team i? Mupatseni kae mpata wama game angapo kenaka mudzayambe kulankhula.

  10. Chabwino ngat baggio samenya,replacement yake ikhale yoposa iyeyo. Osat kumalowesa chester,kumenya 7min,mukut sakukwanisa,kuntulusa kulowesa Isaac ,kukalanya ,ayi. Pezan omposa baggio

  11. Coach amaitana m player ambili kudutsa 11 mukuganiza onse angalowe. Timu yathu yakhala sikuchita bwino a Bajo ali momo .Timpatse mpata ayese ena kuti apange timu. Ma player ena satulusidwa ngati kwa azungu mukunenako ngati team ikuchita bwino.Nanga mmene ili yathuyi mungayelekeze neyma wanuyo. Palibe player wamkulu kuposa flames. Coach ndi nthawi yako gwila ntchito ndi mzeru zako.

  12. I like Mtawali’s philosophy!! Coz This has brought Competition among the players Locally even Those who are Outside they nid 2 work 2 Guarantee a place in the Squard!! Zomatengela maina zinatha now we nid perfomance..If doesnt perform @ Club level then there is no chance for U..Period!!!!

  13. Kukhala Shasha Paluso Lako Ndkuwona Ngat Sivuto Kwen Kwen Chfukwa Ushasha Nthaw Zina Umangowonetsa Ngat Kunyadira Chomwe Ulinacho,kusankha Osewera First Eleven Mu Flames Ndilovuto Lalikulu Bas,ng’ambi Idont Thnk He Z Abad Player

  14. Mind you guyz a good relationship between playerz & coach is very important,because its only ng’ambi who has raised his voice but there is a possibility that even those who chose to remain silent are not in good terms with the coach.

  15. Mpira ongoloweza unatha amtawari akunena ngamo mmalawi muli maplayer mnthawi yomwe ang’ambi wo akamenya tinalupo nde chowakakamira ndichani ndizoona tiyesa ena nkutheka kutithandiza mpira sopano uli mwa ma newcomers tz mkunena mlibe munthu wa mbiri yakale ndi mafana

  16. this f**cken flames wll be like Shakes Mashabas SAfrican national team,he called 93 players in national team per one year,,,ma player onsewa palibe first 11 yabwino?ndiye man awa akti palibe mwini malo m flames chamba chiani???i v never seen team yopanda first 11 in this planet,mwati apa tiphla kanth?i wish Tanzania to rape Malawi by 5 goals to nil may be Mtawali wll learn somthin

  17. Palibe chanzeru apa mukutiuaza inu……what we need its a wining team not draw team or what wht…ndiye samala za maplan akowo ife nda malawitu or bingu amatidziwa bwino..or president akavutavuta timangokonza nde i we ndindaniso

  18. aaaaaaah man ntawali ayamba kulenga zomba yawo2 apo,,,team iliyonxe imakhala nd maplayer ot ngat salowa ndekut zavuta,,,evin kwawo kwa azungu kuli achina Messi Neyma Rooney nd ena otelowo omwe amalowa mground ful tiz nde inu amtawali muztenge bwno zikuvutan

  19. That’s why you’re making us shame because of no guarantee. What we need is a good results not a aguarantee results you have to choose the players that they can perform good. We have a lot of good players.

  20. If the system of disrespecting old players continues,malawi sizakhala ndi timu yodalilika ngati Ghana,Ivory coast,Cameroon ndi ena.pamafunika 55% old and 45% upcoming players ngati coach wa nzeru akufuna kupanga timu ya mphamvu.kumasankha outstanding players.osati player kungochinya kachigoli kamodzi,ka offside nso kuyamba kumenya national timu

  21. Ng’ambi ndi player wolimbikila, kinna phiri anachosedwa chifukwa chosamulowetsa gaba,,,,,,whether u like or not Ng’ambi is a key player,,,,,mtawali samala.

    • Ngati player amamenya 90mnts ku platnum,akavulala coach kumalila,and akakhala ndi game flames ikakhalaso ndi game amakanizidwa kubwela all this shows how Ng’ambi’s best pa mpila,mwanva Acicilia,siza netbool iz

    • chimwemwe wa ku netball nde uti?,,osamasakanizanso ndi netball izi,,,iyi ndi football ndipo football imafunika kumakhala ndi first 11,,osamangosinthasintha,,Ng’ambi is a star,,,ngati he is guaranteed a place ku club kwake ku platnum stars wat about rusty flames?

  22. chazeru ndichani kumuitana kuzaika pa thabwapo maleka kusia bwanji,muthu ana user ndalama zake ,munakauza asanabwere basi,chomaitanira chani,ukungoonesa ukudana naye,iye amamenya 90 mins iwe unatenga oti or bench sakhalapo kuwayambitsa game,or ndili ine zowawa ndipo zodabwitsa