Revealed: the reasons behind Mtawali’s firing

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Flames mentor was relieved of his duties over the weekend as Malawi24 disclosed on Monday although the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) tried to shrug off the news as a lie.

FAM sub-technical committee said on Saturday that Flames head coach Ernest Mtawali and his deputy Nsazuwrimo Ramadhan were working in isolation.

There was no coordination among the two and it is of no surprise that the team faltered on its way to the death bed of African football.

According to information gathered by Malawi24, a report from the committee  led by Vice President James Mwenda, faulted Mtawali for ‘deliberately’ choosing to ignore his deputy since taking over from Young Chimodzi on 31st July last year.

According to the report, Ramadhan was never given a chance to have a ‘say’ on the selection of players, he was not allowed to take part during the team’s training sessions and was not allowed to give his input on the first 11 for the team during matches.

Ernest Mtawali

Ernest Mtawali had problems with his workmates.

The committee then advised FAM not to renew Mtawali and his deputy’s contracts once they expire on 31st July next month.

The sub-committee resolved to appoint Ramadhan as a care-taker coach and will only be considered if he delivers for the team.

Since taking over from his predecessor, Mtawali only managed to register five wins from 14 games and is yet to register a win in the on-going 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Mtawali was appointed on 1 August 2015 for a one year contract to be the Malawi Coach.

He took over from Young Chimodzi who was sacked in June, 2015, following the Flames’ 2-1 home loss to Zimbabwe in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Mtawali had been charged with putting the Flames’ 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Cup qualifiers campaign back on track and ensuring progress in the preliminary round qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He failed to do both.

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  1. You will find a player at ntonjani a week prior to the game and u expect to win… how many managers hv u sucked u even tried a zungu but nothing changed

  2. YOU CANNOT A MAN AND A WOMAN TO BOND HEM INTO MARRIAGE, THEY NEED TO IDENTIFY EACH OTHER, SIMILARY A FOOTBALL COACH MUST IDENTIFY HIS DEPUTY TO WORK WITH – THE PROBLEM IS THIS COPYCAT SYSTEM, WE DON’T WANT TO REASON FOR OUR SELF BUT ALWAYS COPYING WHAT OTHERS ARE DOING – THATS WHAT I CALL LACK OF VISION AND IT ALL POINTS TO FAM LEADERSHIP.

  3. WE MUST POINT FINGER TO F.A.M. NOT DE COACH AND PLAYERS: Anational team must have abetter time for preprations and a better freindly games.without dis u can’t expect de better results for team never!

  4. We Want A winning Team No Matter De Whole Team Consists Of Only Achewa;heads Of State Come From One Familly ,whats Wrong With Atumbuka? De Shinning And Winning Mw Netball Team Also Consists Of Atumbuka,what About Mwayi Kumwenda? Jelousy Will Kill Mw.Don’t Grow Rice On Hilly Land.

  5. Anamuchotsa kinna ndi kutenga chimodzi vice kukhala top pano mwachotsa mtawali nkutenga ramadan vice top sono tiziti ndi mavice amene amahonga fam nkumasokonedzera dala ma top demmet

  6. de task was too huge for mtawali,but after him who else?if water remains there not even agood coach can deliver for water has reached de velocity.

  7. i think the problem is lack of seriousness &poor reader ship by fam president coz every year singamasithe.ma coach ngati zovala

  8. My dear Malawians,for how long shall we b pointing our index fingers on coaches?Azunguo tinawalembapo kalero,nanga tinawinapo world cup.U earlier on fired Kina Phiri saying he didnt perform now its Mtawali.Lets b serious gentle men.Tingotha ndalama kumalemba macoach akunjao but no change.Vuto si iwo ayi.

  9. vuto ndilot ndilot kuyambira ku FAM ko kwachuluka amtumbuka kod zigawo zinazi anthu kulibe otsata mpira kapena ma praye the whole malawi aliku mpoto kokha bas?

  10. kungoti vuto limene lakula makamaka ku aFrica sitimatha kuonesetsa kuti ndichifukwa chiyani mtimu yathu ikuluza? zimenezi ndizofuna azionesetsa makamaka akulu akulu aFam. kwaine sindikuona vuto lomupumisa ccoach kuti asagwire ntchito kamba koti adaluza ku tonament.

  11. vuto la ku Malawi ndi limenero. panopa mwati ayendetsa ndani? @ the moment why not jst take all super league coaches & ena akhale technical panelists then FAM executive must be impeached.

  12. FAM Board should face exit door and follow Mtawali. Ramadan should also leave as well. If he was sidelined by Mtawali,why he was travelling with flames in foreign countries? Why he didn’t complain to Fam about his relation with mtawali? Football has died in the tenure of this weaked Nyamulandu. If malawians protest against BINGU in 2011,aNation leader! Who is mtawali? Sack him. He is jst squendring millions. Ason of viper!

  13. kodi a komiti yomwe inakumana ndi mtawaliyo adziwa liti kuti panalibe kulumikizana pakati pa Mtawali ndi Ramadan? ndipo ngati anadziwa kale kale popeza papita chaka chimodzi iwo adachitapo chani? vuto sim limenelo ayi mtawali adapatsidwa one year nde ngati sadachite bwino anali akudziwira zotsatira. mchifukwa chake itatuluka flames iye adadzera ku banja ake ku southafrica anali akudziwa kale zotsatira kuti kwake kwatha.

  14. Kodi oyera kunguyo ndiyemwe ati adzizasewera mpirawo. Not khonzani mapureya then tipeze coach wathu-wathu wa chi malawi osati obwerawo. Kodi akabweranso ndi galu wake kt tizimulipira tikwanisa? Tiyeni tikhonze mabvuto omwe alipo aza chumawa. Don’t waste money 4 nathing plz i am alls MALAWIAN!!!!! Maganizo anga inu mukuti bwanji?

  15. That’s better for Mtawali’s firiring how u could reject the opinion of ur workmate as ur assistant for sure Ramadhan ll do the job right remember his spell tym with Bullets some years ago inali Bata nkumadzulo so we want that slogan to b in flames cump Gud luck Ramadhan wish u all the best work with no pressure achite manyazi jamanio akuyesa chamba komanso abwere kuno azizapemphetsanso ma R5 omwe aja

  16. Mtawali alibe problem. vuto ndimaplayer amafuna kupatsirana okha okha aclub imene amasewera kuti azitchukitsa club yao. monga akachinya Chiukepo amati Bullets imeyo. akachinya Kaliat amati Noma imeyo. Coach musiyeni podzasankhaso maplayer musadzatenge maplayer ama club awa;Bullets ,Noma,Silver komaso civo. mudzakatenge maplayer amene sanatchuke mudzaona tidzachita bwino. Zambia kuti itenge Africa cup inakatenga ma player ku mamidzi. Tayesaniko kutero abale

  17. The problems of Malawi national team its nt only bkoz of coach no,and even FAM as well unless technical panel yonse itachotsedwa ndikusankhaso yatsopano zinthu zitha kukozedwaso bwino,

  18. FAM , this time around plz try to fire the whole national team and not the coach. What lesson do you get when you see Karonga United beating Bullets?

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