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Fam boss backs Kinnah Phiri

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Walter Nyamilandu

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) president Walter Nyamilandu says Flames legend Kinnah Phiri should be given a second chance as Director of Football in the Ministry of Sports to show his potential.

Nyamilandu’s comments come just days after Phiri was quoted in the press as saying that some officials sabotaged him while working in the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

In his recent tweet, Nyamilandu said the Flames legend deserved a second chance.

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“I think, he was misplaced at the Ministry. It was always going to be difficult to get better value from him because he is operational minded. The ministry needs to give him a second chance and ensure that his position integrates with the structures and systems that Fam has set up to develop football. If this is not done, any successor will not get job satisfaction,” Nyamilandu said.

Phiri guided the Flames to Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals in Angola in 2010. But the veteran mentor was sacked as Flames coach in 2013 due to poor results.

However, when asked if Phiri would be considered for Flames role in future, Nyamilandu said he has potential to mentor coaches.

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“We can only consider Kinnah when a suitable vacancy arises as long as he is able to pass interviews. He has potential to mentor coaches and become a coaching instructor,” he said.

Phiri is jobless after his contract as Director of Football was not renewed in February this year. Netball legend Mary Waya saw her contract renewed as Director of Netball earlier this year.

Phiri said he was patriotic about Malawian football.

“I am ready to serve my country to develop the game at any level. I cannot say no when there is a chance to assist,” he said.

Phiri is one of the experienced coaches in Africa, having helped Nyasa Big Bullets (then Bakili Bullets) reach the group stages of the Caf Champions League in 2004/05.

He has had stints with South African club Free State Stars and eSwatini teams, as well as working as the deputy coach for that country’s national football team. Phiri also coached Tanzanian side Mbeya FC.

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