Domestic sports icons Kinnah Phiri and Mary Waya could soon return to the Ministry of Youth and Sports as the government has decided to retain them.
Kinnah worked as director of football for one year but his contract was not renewed whereas Waya was director of netball for two years until last month.
However, Minister of Youth and Sports Richard Chimwendo Banda said government was in the process of finalising contracts for Phiri and Waya.
“Their positions will be known after we conclude everything but we are retaining them to make sure that they continue from where they left to develop sports,” Chimwendo Banda said on the sidelines Phiri’s book titled Four-legged Wizard.
But following recommendations from the Parliamentary Committee on Social Welfare that the ministry should abolish their positions, both Phiri and Waya will be given new roles.
Then, the committee argued that it was wrong to have a director for a particular sporting code.
In a separate interview, Phiri expressed gratitude.
“This is great news for me. I hope in future some of my fellow legends will be considered,” the former Flames coach and player said.
As a coach, Phiri helped the Flames qualify for Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals in Angola in 2010.
Kinnah is Malawi’s all-time top goal-scorer, having scored 71 goals for the Flames.
On her part, Waya said she has unfinished business.
“I am happy that government has acknowledged that I am a hard working person. I will continue from where I left to develop sports,” Waya said.
Waya is a certified netball coaches’ trainer and nurtures netball talent through her academy. She also represented Malawi at two World Netball Championships, three Commonwealth Games and two World Netball Series.
Former Flames midfielder Sherry Msuku said it was important to recognise legends.
“It is good to appreciate what they did to Malawi. This is the way to go,” he said.
The country has several living legends in all sporting codes.