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The Football Association of Malawi (Fam) may be forced to hire a temporary coach to take charge of the Flames’ friendly match against China select during the opening ceremony of Bingu National Stadium on January 28, 2017 in Lilongwe.

The government recently announced that the match involving the Chinese team and the Flames would spice up the grand opening of the long-awaited facility.

With the process of hiring a new coach unlikely to be completed by January 28, the association would engage one of the locally-available coaches specifically for the match.

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Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda said the association was waiting for official communication from the government on the friendly match.

“Once we get communication from the government on the matter, we will come up with a decision. But we have several options on the table, “Gunda said.

Gunda also explained that the process of hiring a coach for the Flames was progressing well after Fam submitted a motivation letter to the government.

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Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Henry Mussa said the issue of hiring a temporary coach for the China friendly match would not be a problem because the country has many qualified coaches.

“Hiring a temporary coach for the Flames should not give us headaches because we have several coaches like Enerst Mtawali and Kinnah Phiri who can assist us, “ Mussa said.

The position of Flames coach fell vacant after Fam decided against renewing Mtawali’s one-year deal due to a disastrous campaign in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and the 2016 Cosafa Cup.

Burundian tactician, Nsanzurwimo Ramadan, was hired on temporary basis for the game against Swaziland which Flames won 1-0 courtesy of Gerald Phiri Jnr’s goal.

At the last Fam executive committee meeting in Mzuzu, delegates agreed to employ a foreign coach after their dissatisfaction with the performance of local coaches.

But the process of hiring the foreign coach looks likely to take time as it was not budgeted for in the current financial year.

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