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Bob Mpinganjira, Lovemore Fazili await Fam offer

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By Mphatso Malidadi:

WAITING FOR ASSISTANTS—Mwase (right)

Silver Strikers assistant Coach Lovemore Fazili and Be Forward Wanderers Coach Bob Mpinganjira are waiting for Football Association of Malawi (Fam)’s offers before commencing their work as assistants to Malawi national football team Coach Meck Mwase.

Mwase said the two had, in principle, accepted to work under him on a year-long deal.

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However, the former TN Stars mentor said they were waiting for offers before putting pen to paper.

“I am happy that the two have, in principle, agreed to continue with the mission we started during the Cosafa Cup in South Africa. As of now, what remains is for them to discuss personal terms with Fam,” he said.

Mwase said he was delighted with both coaches’ willingness to continue working with him after the success at the regional tournament in South Africa, where the Flames finished second in the Plate Division.

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“We started the mission as a panel and it will be great to finish it together. I have already reported for duty and I am working on the programme for the senior team,” he said.

Mpinganjira said it was difficult to make up his mind on the matter in the absence of an official offer.

“I have not received an official offer and I need to see the contents of the contract first before reporting for duty,” he said.

Fazili said he was willing to take up the post as long as the offer was reasonable.

“This is national duty and it would be difficult to turn the offer down. However, I need to go through the contract first. I have to evaluate it and see if its terms are any better than those of my current job,” he said.

Fam First Vice President, James Mwenda, who chairs the association’s Technical and Youth Sub-Committee, said drafting of the two coaches’ contracts was underway.

“It is a tricky issue and we are treading cautiously. It is up to them to make the final decision. But we are finalising the documents and they should be ready this week,” Mwenda said.

Mpinganjira and Fazili teamed up with Mwase to guide the Flames to three wins, two defeats and a draw at the regional tournament.

Malawi also emerged as the highest scoring team at the competition, with Gerald Phiri Junior emerging as Player-of-the- Tournament.

Phiri and compatriot Gabadinho Mhango shared the Golden Boot award with a Mauritian player after scoring three goals each.

This was in sharp contrast to the 2017 and 2018 editions of the competition which saw Malawi failing to win a game.

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