Top musician blasts Flames coach for dropping Gerald Phiri Jr

Phiri Jnr (L)

Malawian top-notch musician has joined the bandwagon of people who are stoning Flames coach Marian Mario Marinica for dropping midfielder Gerald Phiri Junior in his African Cup of Nations squad.

Musician Lulu has said the midfielder is a good player, hence he is worth space in the national team squad.

“Ndi machine awawa, kumusiya uyuyu mu squad nde zichani, olo pa bench Mpira wake wotani?  guys (He is a great talent, why on earth has he been dropped, what kind of football does Malawi play?) Posted Lulu.

However, some people have attacked Lulu for commenting on matters that are far from his profession. They believe he should leave sports enthusiast to comment on the issue.

In response Lulu said: “I am a Flames’ support, so I shouldn’t express my views on the issue because am a musician? What qualifies one to comment on matters of football?”

Phiri was left out in the Flames 23-man squad which is heading to Cameroun for the African Cup of Nations. This has propelled the left-footed midfielder to force a retirement from international duties.

Other influential figures who believe the former Mighty Wanderers Midfielders deserved a national team call up are renowned lawyer and football enthusiast, David Kanyenda.

Gerald Phiri Junior made his Flames debut in 2015. He scored his first goal for the team in 2016 against Swaziland. He emerged the Flames’ top goal scorer in their qualification for the forthcoming continental show, having scored two of the teams’ three goals.




  1. Only coach knows his performance so he is write .the best of all he call new players to play for the fist time thus good .

    If he was playing good three years ago do not expect him to be active now .foot ball is short carrier that need to recruit need blood especially national time level .

  2. malawians, leave the coach to do his job, he knows what he is looking for in a player so dont push him to do things that he does not have plan with, if you want to coach there is always space just send your CV to FAM and they will consider you.
    Every coach when selecting, he has his plans as to why he is dropping who and why he is taking this one and not that one. Your own malawian coach has failed to do the job with the same types of players you believed they are capable now is the time to look closely as to which player is the most hungry for his nations success, so leave him alone.

  3. He knows what he is doing. He is a professional coach musiyeni apange zimene amatha enanu ndi a police enanu oimba zipani ZANU big up Marian

  4. Tell the musician that there will be one coach at a time. All the decisions are made by that coach. If they are used to suggesting players to a coach not this one. Stick to your music that’s what you know best not music

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