Ex Malawi National football team, coach Ernest Mtawali is in court, and this time he has sued Football Association of Malawi (FAM) President Walter Nyamilandu and others for defamation, Malawi24 can confirm.
Mtawali who was fired two months ago, has also sued Technical Subcommittee Chairperson James Mwenda on a similar case.
Mtawali is claiming damages for libel and slander, according to summons that have been filed to the Blantyre High Court through his lawyers, Ritz Attorney at Law.
He has sued the two in what was said about him following his firing.
Mtawali says that Mwenda who is the first defendant, told the media false issues about him.
Mwenda was quoted as having said that the mentor ’employed wrong game plans/tactic and alleged biased selection of players and failure to submit technical reports and review matches as well as sidelining his deputy and technical panel members.’
It was also said that his then deputy, Nsazuwrimo Ramadhan who now replaced him was not 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.
Mtawali says that the media entries about his sacking and the sentiments that FAM made have tarnished his career, reputation and that this has brought him into public scandal, odium and contempt.
It was after this that the FA’s 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.