Fam yet to finalise coaches’ contracts


FOOTBALL Association of Malawi (Fam) is yet to submit contracts of Flames assistant coaches, Gerald Phiri Snr and Deklerk Msakakuona, to the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development.

Phiri and Msakakuona were named assistants to Flames Head Coach, Ronny van Geneugden, in March this year.

Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, confirmed that the process was yet to be finalised.


“There are some issues we are working on but I would be able to provide more information later,” Gunda said.

The country’s football governing body had earlier indicated that it was waiting for the input of van Geneugden to finalise the process. Among other things, Fam was supposed to finalise a transition process between the two coaches and their former employers.

Phiri was previously Azam Tigers Head Coach whereas Msakakuona was Blue Eagles’ mentor. The Ministry’s Director of Sports, James Ndalama, confirmed that the association was yet to submit copies of contracts for the two assistant coaches for approval.


Before submitting the contracts to the ministry, the association is expected to finalise their terms of reference with the Malawi National Council of Sports. This means that the two will have to wait a bit longer before they start receiving salaries from the government.

Both coaches are expected to be on government payroll beginning this financial year, which started on July 1. Msakakuona was withdrawn from the Cosafa Castle Cup technical panel for him to concentrate on the Under-17 national team which is scheduled to participate in a Cosafa Youth Championship in Mauritius from July 21.

The Belgian recently recommended the redeployment of Peter Mponda from Team Manager to assistant trainer, with James Sangala replacing him.

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