RVG defends Malawi national team selection

Ronny Van Geneugden

Malawi national football team coach Ronny Van Geneugden has come in strong defence of the selection of players to the team which some section of the society believes disturbs the progress of the local league.

The laws require that teams that contribute more than three players to the national side have their Tnm super league assignments postponed.

Malawi national football team
Malawi national football team players before leaving Malawi today.

Some football fans have argued that to avoid the trend that seem like match fixing in nature, it is palatable for the national side to escape this requirement by evenly picking players from the local teams so that the league does not get disturbed.

But the Belgian mentor believes this is not his focus.

‘’My focus is on the national team and not the league here. The technical panel fetches for the better players to carry the Malawi flag in the national assignments not to just play the game.”

RVG made the remark when he was releasing his Cosafa Cup squad under whose selection Be Forward Wanderers and Silver Strikers which have contributed more players to the side will have to be a little off the field until the team returns.

The coach said the technical panel focuses on the tactical part when making a national team call up.

Ronny Van Geneugden
Ronny Van Geneugden : We look at the nationality when making the national team call up.

‘’It is important for us to pick players that we know will fit perfectly in our team and not just a matter of selections,” he told reporters at the press briefing on Wednesday.

Be Forward Wanderers have contributed the highest number of players to the side which faces Tanzania in the regional tournament opener on 25th June in South Africa before before facing Mauritius and Angola on 26th and 29th
June respectively in the preliminary round.

Defenders Stanley Sanudi, Francis Mlimbika and Lucky Malata as well as midfielder Yamikani Chester and attacker Jabulani Linje made the cut to the squad which left the country  today from the Lali Lubani outfit.

Silver Strikers have four players in the squad who include goalkeeper Brighton Munthali, defender Chisomo Mpachika and midfielder Levison Maganizo.

The Central Bankers were meant to face Red Lions this Saturday while the Nomads were supposed to play against Blue Eagles on Sunday.

Coincidentally, the two sides have fewest number of games played in the league having sailed to the finals of the inaugural Airtel Top 8 Cup which came at the start of this year’s campaign – a final the Lilongwe based side won against the Nomads 10-9 on post-match penalties after a goalless draw at the end of normal time.

Silver have only played five matches in the league and currently sit on position 8 with 9 points while Wanderers have played just four games and lie on position 2 with 12 points but are 2 matches adrift of leaders Red Lions who also have 12 points but bank on a better goal difference.



  1. its apitty that some malawians still believe a coach is less important.go and ask real.madrid if they can play without a coach. football is science

  2. leave the coach alone dont just make silly noise here the malawi played wirh comoros shows that the coach knows what he is doing. dont associate him with failures of other ppo.

  3. leave the coach alone dont just make silly noise here the malawi played wirh comoros shows that the coach knows what he is doing. dont associate him with failures of other ppo.

  4. National vs Local which is superior?.FUKO patsogolo zinazi pambuyo .More other this is a very simple issue which can be solved by football bodies in Malawi.

  5. flames ndi flames or mutabweretsa Antonio Conte ngat ili flames idzachitabe za u flameszo…. even mutabera kut CR7 akhare mmalawi ayii if God says its flames, no one can say its Portugal/Germany…….. ine oyikonda flames till forever heshiii

  6. Vuto ndi a SULOM akamapanga football calendar sayang’ana other football scedules.kwanzathu kuja timamva kuti ali pa international break koma kuno shaaaaa.dont blame coach blame the SULOM and FAM.VUTO MMACALENDAR AWO.

  7. if the team is losing you got kak to say players are picked to build a strong team you talk kak, kodi league ya malawi has dreams of being on DSTV with its own special channel. …kkkkkk I give him the entire league if it means positive results….

  8. Kaya zanuizo Mtawali zinamulaka, Kumangolonjeza kut Tichita bho Koma ndiku Khumudwisa oikonda Imeyo timati MALAWI SIDZATHEKA

  9. Kaya zanuizo Mtawali zinamulaka, Kumangolonjeza kut Tichita bho Koma ndkumudwa oikonda Imeyo timati MALAWI SIDZATHEKA

    1. Mmmmmh Mr. Simfukwe mabodzatu awa! Why didn’t you apply for the position then if you are better than him? Lets give him a chance to do whatever he wants to do provided he produces positive results. Lets judge him after the perfomance of the team

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