Ministry of Youth and Sports has questioned Football Association of Malawi (Fam)’s proposal to offer Flames Coach Meck Mwase a three-months contract extension.
Mwase’s one-year contract is due to expire Sunday and Fam requested government to extend Mwase’s contract by three months to enable the Flames fulfill 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The ministry’s spokesperson Simon Mbvundula referred us to the Director of Sports Jameson Ndalama, saying some quarters in the ministry were not comfortable with Fam’s proposal.
“I think my director can furnish you with more details. But some officials within the ministry felt that it did not make sense to extend Mwase’s contract by three months. It means Fam do not want the coach to continue but if you can contact the director he would be in a better position to shed more light,” Mbvundula said.
On his part, Ndalama said he referred Fam’s proposal to the Human Resources for review.
“We have submitted Fam’s request to Human Resources for consideration. So we will know everything after the HR department reviews the proposal,” he said.
A fortnight ago, Fam proposed to the government to consider extending Mwase’s contract by three months to enable him complete 2022 Africa matches slated for March this year.
Meanwhile, former Fam Acting General Secretary George Kaudza Masina said he was not surprised with the government’s stance as it opposes piece-meal recruitment.
“If Fam had proposed a three year contract for Mwase, which should be the case for any coach, the government could not have hesitated to engage Mwase. As it stands, let Fam take responsibility for Mwase for now and push for a three year contract with the government which is likely to pass,” he said.
Masina also doubted if Fam still needs the services of the former TN Stars Head coach
“From the way Fam has been behaving, it is doubtful if they still need the services of Mwase for a longer period because a one year contract for a national team coach is more of an insult,” he said.
Flames will take on South Sudan on March 23 in an away match before hosting Uganda on March 29.
Malawi Senior side lie third in group B with four points whereas leaders, Burkina Faso, top the table with eight points. Uganda are second with seven points while South Sudan anchor the group with three points.
Two top teams from the group will qualify for the 2022 Afcon finals to be held in Cameroon.