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Ernest Mtawali linked with Blantyre United

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Suspended Blantyre United Coach, Leo Mpulula, could be on the verge of being shown the exit door as former Flames mentor, Ernest Mtawali, has reportedly been lined up for the job.

United suspended Mpulula for three weeks last month after Football Association of Malawi (Fam) had warned him over his outbursts.

Prior to United’s Super League clash against Master Security Services FC on May 20, Mpulula is alleged to have labelled referees as “corrupt and incompetent”.

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In his absence, his deputy Safarao Pompi has been in charge of the team that lies third from bottom. United are struggling having just won once in five games.

According to the team’s General Secretary, Anthony Kafuwa, the team will decide on Mpulula’s future soon.

However, Mtawali has reportedly been at the club’s training of late, fuelling speculations that he would take over.

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“Yes, he has been visiting our training ground recently… not daily of course. Ernest is a football coach and he loves Blantyre United. But it does not mean that he is our coach.

“The issue about Leo is still going on. He remains our coach. He is just suspended and we are going to state our stand concerning his future later this week,” Kafuwa said.

In a separate interview, Mtawali could neither confirm nor deny his links with the club.

He, however, said that he is not interested in taking up any coaching job in Malawi anytime soon.

“I will announce the next team I am going to coach later,” said Mtawali in a short response.

Mtawali was dismissed as Malawi National Football Team coach last June following the Flames’ first round exit at the Council for Southern Africa Football Associations Castle Cup in Namibia.

Under his reign, Mtawali focused on the youth; an approach which augurs well with United.

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