…He wasn’t fit to take over
Renowned football analysts in Malawi have taken a swipe at the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) saying it took a major risk by naming Ernest Mtawali as Flames head coach last year.
Speaking during mid-week sports on MBC radio 2, Patrick Simango, Paul Kamanga, Steve Liwewe Banda and Ephraim Nyirenda all faulted FAM for bringing on board someone who was not fit to be incharge of the Malawi National Football Team.
“Much as we are pointing fingers at Ernest Mtawali, let’s blame our FA 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 echoed Nyirenda’s sentiments saying the criteria 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 yer, 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.
He has also been accused of borrowing money from players as a condition to give them a national team call up.
Mtawali and Ramadhan’s contracts are set to expire on 3rst July this year and will not be renewed by the FA.