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Fam not off the hook over Meck Mwase

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TO MEET FAM AGAIN—
Ntulumbwa

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) will have to wait for round two to convince the government and Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) over circumstances that led to the firing of coach Meck Mwase as Flames mentor.

MNCS summoned Fam on Wednesday to discuss the issue but the institution’s Sports Development Committee felt that the national football governing body still has some explaining to do to iron out the issue.

“Fam clarified their decisions to the committee and the Ministry. However, MNCS is of the view that the procedures that were meant to be followed of consulting government before making their decision were not followed.

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“Therefore, a decision has been made that Fam should still meet the government through Council to consider the employment contract of Mwase,” read part of the statement which MNCS’s Public Relations and Communications Officer Edgar Ntulumbwa released Friday.

He said Sports Council strongly believes that there was a need for Fam to consult them and the government before making any decision that would affect Mwase.

“Mr. Mwase is a government employee, and was employed on recommendation of Fam as coach of the senior national football team, the Flames,” he said.

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Ntulumbwa said Fam was summoned after Sports Council learnt from the media that Mwase had been fired and Mario Marian Marinica has ceased being Fam’s Technical Director to be the new senior national football team coach.

Sports Development Committee Chairperson Lieutenant Clement Kafuwa (retired) chaired the meeting which Fam president Walter Nyamilandu and Director of Sports Jameson Ndalama attended.

“Council summoned Fam to clarity on four issues. How the decision to fire Mwase was arrived at and how the assessment was made? Why Fam arrived at a decision to fire the coach without consulting Sports Council and the government. What procedures are used to appoint a new coach and technical director and who will be paying the new coach and how Mr. Marinica is cheaper than Mr. Mwase as reported in the media?” he said.

Nyamilandu could not be reached for comment.

However, he accused the media of sensationalism.

“We were overtaken by media sensationalising the issue. Otherwise, we had planned to meet Meck and inform him about the changes. [But] on Monday, we had headlines in the dailies portraying that we had fired him. The headlines were sensational,” Nyamilandu told The Nation on Thursday.

Fam executive committee at its quarterly meeting held in Mangochi last Saturday relieved Mwase of his duties and replaced him with Marinica.

Fam also outlined plans to engage the government on redeploying Mwase for the rest of his two-year contract, which expires in April next year.

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