Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has unveiled Marian Mario Marinica as its Romanian new Technical Director (TD).
Speaking during the unveiling ceremony at Mpira Village in Chiwembe Township, Blantyre, Wednesday, Marinica said he brings vast experience from the 23 countries he has been to.
“I have worked in countries such as Nigeria, Tunisia, Ghana, South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Seychelles and Mauritius. So I have huge experience. I know how hardworking and talented Malawian players are.
“It is a great opportunity for me to be offered this job. I need to have structures put in place. I want to have a scouting network in place. I need to start working on eight blocks to build a legacy,” he said.
Marinica said he was aware that there were huge expectations surrounding his appointment.
“It is normal for expectations to be high because I am an expatriate taking over a position that has been occupied by locals for many years. But huge expectations could lead to disappointment as people expect their team to win all the time sometimes without even having a great foundation. What I can say for now is that I will try to put in my knowledge and expertise to help everyone so that we leave that legacy we have been talking about,” he said.
Fam President Walter Nyamilandu said he expected Marinica to exercise professionalism in discharging his duties.
“I don’t like shortcuts and expatriates like these do not like shortcuts. We want dedication. Everything else that will be required, we want to be better organised. There are times we have gone to a tournament without being organised.
“I want him to champion the agenda of football development here at the association. The focus must not just be on administration or making money. The focus must be on technical issues because that is our core duty. We have other functions, yes, to make money but number one is technical development of the game,” Nyamilandu said.
The Romanian, who has signed a three-year contract, takes over from John Kaputa whose contract was not renewed after it expired in June this year.
World football governing body Fifa has since appointed Kaputa as technical expert on a two-year contract effective October 1.