Former Malawi national team coach Kinnah Phiri says local coaches are highly qualified than many of the foreign tacticians Football Association of Malawi (FAM) hires.
The Malawian football legend who took the Flames to their most recent African Cup of Nations tournament in 2010 told Malawi24 on Saturday that there are many Malawian coaches who are more qualified and have more experience than expatriates.
Speaking in Mzuzu where he was watching the National Cross Country championship, Phiri lambasted the hiring of expatriate coaches saying Malawians look down on themselves.
“The problem we have with FAM is that they differentiate between a black person and a white person.
“But when you look at the qualified coaches in Malawi and the achievements they have made in Malawi and compare with the people we have fetched from somewhere to come and help us, you will find that 10 or 11 coaches in Malawi are better than the foreign coach,” he said.
He added that football in Malawi will never develop if FAM continues to hire foreign coaches who have lower qualifications than Malawian tacticians.
“Now we have our people who are highly qualified and we pick people who are less qualified and we expect the football to develop, it will not develop,” said Phiri
On whether he would accept the Flames job if offered, Phiri said he would be happy to help the Malawi national team.
He then expressed concern over the style of football Malawian players are taught by their coaches saying players play more back passes which is why Malawi national football team fails to score in many of its games.
“The coaches tell players to defend properly, play it safe. Now how many times are you going to play it safe and not score? Let’s not blame players for goal droughts but coaches should be positive in their approach to the game,” he said.
Phiri who holds CAF A and Uefa licences took charge of the Flames in 2008, taking them to the Afcon in 2010 for the first time in 25 years.
He was however sacked in 2013 following a string of poor performances that saw the Flames failing to qualify for the 2014 Afcon, failing to go past the quarterfinal stage of the Cecafa Senior Challenge and plunging to 111 on FIFA rankings.
Current national team coach Ronny Van Geneugden was hired in 2017 and has only managed two wins in 11 games.
On the latest FIFA rankings released last week, the Flames are on position 124.