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Eddingtone Ng’onamo ill

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Veteran coach, instructor and teacher, Eddingtone Ng’onamo, is ill in Lilongwe.

The former Malawi National Football Team coach and technical director, his voice faint and breaking, confirmed that he was down with diabetes.

“I have been ill for a long time. I have been going for checkups. I can, relatively, say I am getting better,” said the man who, a few months ago, was appointed Blantyre United Technical Director.

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He, last season, worked as coach for Be Forward Wanderers and was part of the Carlsberg Cup winning party.

The former multiple trophy-winning Nyasa Big Bullets coach said Football Association of Malawi was aware of his illness.

“But I am not asking for any help,” said Ng’onamo, who is being taken care of by his children.

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Apart from coaching, Ng’onamo has over the years also been working as a sports teacher at a Blantyre high school.

In the 1980s, he was also a teacher at Mwanza Secondary School.

However, it was in the late stages of his coaching career that he earned prominence, especially after serving as the right-hand man to the then Flames Danish coach, Kim Splidsboel.

The Dane has, since the end of his Flames tenure in 2002, been inviting Ng’onamo to Denmark to conduct coaching clinics with youth teams.

Little wonder, Splidsboel, contacted The Daily Times to find out about the health of Ng’onamo.

“I talked to Eddie the other day and he told me by phone that he was recovering from stroke. You know that I often invite him to Denmark. I wish him all the best. He is like my brother,” Splidsboel said.

In response, Ng’onamo promised to visit Denmark in August.

The Daily Times could not independently establish if Ng’onamo is also down with stroke or just diabetes as he stated.

United Technical Director, Lawson Nakoma, was unable to comment yesterday as he was locked up in a meeting.

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