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Government yet to finalise Meke Mwase’s contract

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By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

Malawi national football team Coach, Meck Mwase, is yet to sign his contract more than a week after reporting for duties.

Mwase was appointed Flames coach last month after acting in the position since April when Football

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Association of Malawi decided against renewing Ronny van Geneugden’s two-year contract.

The former TN Stars mentor officially started work on July 1.

Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) acting Executive Secretary, Henry Mereka, said the government was still working on Mwase’s contract.

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“The paperwork is yet to be finalised. Of course, we know that time is not on our side but there is no cause for alarm. We appreciate the need for the new coach to start enjoying benefits and salaries as a government employee.

“However, there are issues we are working on, such as grades. We are working on it and, hopefully, Mwase should sign the contract by the end of this week,” Mereka said.

Football Association of Malawi General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, said they were also finalising offers for Mwase’s proposed assistants, Lovemore Fazili and Bob Mpinganjira. .

“We are preparing offers for Mwase’s two assistants so that the coaching panel should be complete. The offers should be ready within the week,” Gunda said.

Fazili and Mpinganjira worked with Mwase in guiding the Flames to the 2019 Cosafa Cup plate final where they lost 5-4 to South Africa on post-match penalties in Durban, South Africa.

Mwase said he was still waiting to hear from the government on the matter.

“There has been some progress but I am still waiting,” Mwase said.

He was favoured for the job after the Flames managed three victories, one draw and two losses.

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