It’s all mediocrity


The shambolic Malawi national football team, the Flames, have been drawn in the same preliminary round group B with Angola, Botswana and Mauritius at the forthcoming Cosafa Castle Cup in South Africa.

The event is scheduled for Limpopo Province from May 27 to June 9 2018.

It was interesting to read a reaction from Flames Coach, Ronny van Geneugden, popularly known as RVG, the man who took the same team to a disastrous outing during last year’s tournament.


The Belgian mentor, whose gospel of football philosophy has terribly backfired, thinks this is an open group and Malawi needs to start with a big result in this regional competition.

It is undisputable fact that I have been around long enough to know the realities of football and the capabilities of our senior national team coach.

It is absolutely ridiculous for RVG to say that “last year we started the tournament when most players were new but now they have gained experience.”


Can RVG name inexperienced players who featured for Malawi at last year’s Cosafa tournament?

In as far as I’m concerned all the players he took to that tournament had international experience.

Possibly RVG forgot that we were watching from a distance as SuperSport Television delivered each and every embarrassing moment that was unfolding in Malawi’s camp as we helplessly sat in our homes.

It is sad that Malawi has sunk so low it can even afford to lose to lowly-ranked teams like Botswana, Lesotho and Mauritius. It has never got this worse in Malawi’s football history.

And to imagine that the coach, who is supposed to be at home strategising for the next tournament, is busy global-trotting with the youth team is absolutely unacceptable.

I have always questioned the rationale behind RVG’s involvement in the junior national teams but I have always been told that he is there to impart his philosophy to the young ones.

Taking a closer look at how the Flames are performing, there is no iota of truth in the gospel that is being preached, and it is a sheer waste of time, space and ink to continue debating on this issue.

I am told that some wayward personalities upon their return from the disastrous Commonwealth Games outing in Australia, said that I am very critical and this column cannot be used as a model of good journalism.

Seriously, Makosana, which journalist would sit back and watch all this trash happening in Malawi sports?

I need one brave person to tell me one positive thing to write about Malawi sports because all I see is mediocrity.

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