RVG’s contract expires, FAM non-committal

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Ronny Van Geneugden’s contract as the head coach for the Malawi National football team has come to an end following the expiry of his contract on 1st April, 2019.

The Belgian arrived in the country on 6th April, 2017, signing a two year deal with the Football Association of Malawi (FAM).

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Geneugden : His conreact has expired

The FA made RVG head of all national football teams but his journey wasn’t what he expected as he failed to take the senior team to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

The tactician was in charge of 21 games, winning twice, drawing eleven times and losing nine times.

His senior team finished bottom of group B with five points from six games.

The first assignment saw Malawi losing 2-0 to Madagascar in the CHAN qualifiers before beating Comoros Island 1-0 in the 2019 Afcon qualifier at Bingu National Stadium.

From there, he registered his second win after beating Togo 1-0 in an international friendly match.

His back to back Cosafa Castle Cup campaign was a disaster as his team got relegated in the early stages in a similar fashion.

When the 2019 Afcon campaign resumed, RVG saw his team beaten 3-0 by Morocco before losing 1-0 to Cameroon in Yaoundé.

The return leg against the Indomitable Lions ended in a stalemate, putting his side’s qualification campaign in jeopardy.

His final nail in the coffin was finally sealed in Comoros Island when Malawi lost 2-1 to officially bow out of contention for a place at the Afcon finals.

His final match in charge of the team was a goalless draw against Morocco at the Bingu National Stadium last month.

However, despite all the negative results, the Belgian will be remembered for his faith in the youngsters.

Under his leadership, RVG gave opportunities to Patrick Phiri, Mike Mkwate, Felix Zulu, Precious Sambani, Levison Maganizo, Gomezgani Chirwa, Peter Cholopi, Peter Banda, Charles Thom, Mike Mkwate, Chimwemwe Idana and many more youthful players who formed part of his squad in the last 24 months.

Decision to renew his contract is entirely in the hands of the FA who are yet to comment on the development.

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