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Fam 2nd VIP heads Flames coaching job interviewing panel

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Football Association of Malawi (Fam) vice-president Moses Mkandawire has been handed the weighty responsibility of leading a panel to choose the next Flames’ head coach.

Fam president Walter Nyamilandu on Tuesday said Mkandawire, by virtue of being the association’s technical sub-committee’s chairperson, heads the panel to interview short-listed coaches Eddingtone Ng’onamo, Gilbert Chirwa, Ernest Mtawali and Nsanzuwrimo Ramadhan in Blantyre tomorrow. The panel also comprises Fam technical director John Kaputa, general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda and Caf instructor Benjamin Kumwenda, who is also National Coaches Association acting general secretary.

“The coaches will undergo both oral and practical interviews,” Nyamilandu said.

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Fam executive committee meeting held in Lilongwe over the weekend approved the panel.

Kaputa Tuesday said there would be no fear or favour when interviewing former TD Ng’onamo, ex-Flames midfielder Mtawali, great defender Chirwa and Big Bullets’ cup-winning Burundian tactician Ramadhan.

“It is about team-work. Each candidate has been given a topic to make a presentation and for the practicals, we have organised players for the coaches to train them. The coaches have to demonstrate that they understand the game and there is a passing mark,” Kaputa explained yesterday.

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Fam earlier indicated that it would seek the assistance of Confederation of Africa Football or Cosafa to provide panellists.

However, Nyamilandu said the executive committee meeting felt that was not necessary.

“It was felt that the technical director [John Kaputa] has the capacity to lead the interviews and design suitable sessions to guide the interviews,” he said.

In a statement, Nyirenda said the executive resolved “that the person who will become on position number two will become the assistant coach.”

It is expected that the new coach will be unveiled by August 1. Nyirenda yesterday said they would seek government’s nod before announcing the new coach to replace Young Chimodzi, who was sacked last month.

Mtawali and Ng’onamo alongside Patrick Mabedi, worked together on interim basis after the firing of Kinnah Phiri and Chimodzi in 2013.

They would later be replaced by Tom Saintfiet, who was in charge of the team in the World Cup qualifier

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