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Government undecided on Flames’ coach future

The Ministry of Sports is waiting for guidance from the Human Resource office at Capital Hill on the contract of Flames Coach Meke Mwase.

Football Association of Malawi-FAM proposed to the government to extend Mwase’s services by 3 months following the expiry of his contract last month.

This, according to FAM, is to enable Mwase lead the team in the two remaining 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches.

The Flames are due to play Uganda and South Sudan on the 24th and the 29th of next month respectively in the AFCON qualifiers.

Director of Sports in the Ministry, James Ndalama confirmed to have received the proposal from the local football association regarding Mwase’s contract.

“We really received the request from FAM and we submitted it to the Human Resource to give guidance,” Ndalama said.

Asked as to when they may come up with a final stand on the matter, Ndalama further added that;

“This is a different section and I may not determine the time but am sure it will be soon.”

Commenting on the development, Joseph Dumbula who is a sports journalist from MIJ FM radio argued that that challenge will be form continuity should there be a new coach on the job.

“The latest question now is how we balance between carrying on a coach who started the AFCON qualification race with a pace and having to let another one pick up the pace. However, there is need to have clearly stated outlines in expectations from a contract.”

Dumbula adds that considering the flames upcoming fixtures Mwase needs to know where he stands.

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“With a little less than a month before the two must win fixtures against South Sudan and Uganda, there is need to pour into Mwase’s way all necessary needs, including a properly stated piece of contract. This will not just boost his spirits but also those of his backroom staff.” Added the local sports journalist.

Both FAM and the government are running against time as the new Flames mentor will have to start preparation for the immediate must win assignments for the AFCON qualification.

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