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Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has shortlisted four coaches to undergo interviews for the Flames coaching job.

Caretaker coach Ernest Mtawali, Eddington Ng’onamo are the favourites in the race for the job.

Former Big Bullets coach Gilbert Chirwa and Burundian Nsanzurwino Ramadhan are the other two competing for the position.

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Of the four candidates, Ng’onamo is the most highly qualified and experienced both at local and international level.

He has a Uefa B licence which is the minimum qualification required.

He has also coached the Flames before and has experience at international level having been engaged by Danish clubs several times.

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Mtawali has Caf B licence and his advantage is his experience with Under-20 in Africa Youth Championship and his impressive start as caretaker coach after beating Uganda 1-0 on July 6.

Chirwa, who has Caf B licence as well, has been inactive for a while after quitting his job at Big Bullets in 2011.

Ramadhan, who also has Caf B licence, is Bullets coach but only started working after getting temporary work permit last week.

The four are expected to undergo interviews this week before the new coach is unveiled by August 1.

Fam general secretary, Suzgo Nyirenda, said the decision was made at Fam executive committee meeting held last Saturday in Lilongwe.

“It is expected that the successful coach will be recommended as the new head coach for the Malawi national football team,” Nyirenda said in a statement.

“The meeting also 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 1st August 2015.”

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

They were late replaced by Thom Saintfiet, who was in charge of the team in the World Cup qualifier.

Meanwhile, Malawi has been drawn against Swaziland in the 2018 Russia World Cup.

The Flames start away to Tanzania before hosting the Taifa Stars at Kamuzu Stadium in October.

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