Let Andy Dell come and take their jobs


Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has engaged the services of the Briton Andy Dell as technical advisor for the Flames. Dell is expected to assist Flames’ coaches, Young Chimodzi and his assistant Jack Chamangwana, in analysing the aspects of the game.

Fam’s decision to engage the British expatriate has attracted a barrage of criticism from some quarters of the football fraternity who feel that the job could ably be executed by the current Fam technical director John Kaputa.

Fam president Walter Nyamilandu said the move would benefit the coaches who are still on contract with the Malawi government and Fam.


Of course, Nyamilandu said involving John Kaputa would compromise his core duties of developing grassroots football structures.

He also said the technical director would help to assess the performance of the coaches before renewing their contract.

It would appear the coming in of Dell is creating unnecessary pressure on the coaching panel and some quarters of the football fraternity.


But the truth of the matter is that we all know that the performance of our national team coaches has been questionable and Fam is justified to hire an extra hand to assist them.

It is a fact that our coaches have demonstrated a spirit of inadequacy and they need assistance. In fact, the executive has been diplomatic to the two coaches; otherwise, this is another way of telling them that their performance has been so unconvincing especially now when they have openly showed respect for Zambia, their fellow Cosafa tournament contenders.

But we need to ask Fam whether Andy Dell is the right candidate for that job. Experience has shown that British coaches are no better than our own local coaches. We have had Steve McRay, Dan MacLennan, Allan Gillette and stubborn for nothing Stephen Constantine, and all proved to be useless and a waste of resources. Even an average soccer fan that was around that time would agree with me.

So it is my prayer that this Andy Dell is as good as Michael Hennigan, the only British coach who had an instant impact on the Flames despite his old age.

It is also my prayer that this Andy Dell would not waste our time and resources otherwise he will leave faster than he came.

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