Meck Mwase replaces Phiri Senior at eSwatini club


eSwatini club Nsingizi Hotspurs have become a favourable home for Malawian coaches after they hired former Flames coach Meck Mwase on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

This comes just few days after the club parted ways with another Malawian Gerald Phiri Senior on mutual agreement.

Hotspurs announced the deal on their official Facebook page Thursday.


“We would like to announce the new coach Meck Mwase from Malawi, who is taking over after Gerald Phiri Snr whom we parted ways [with] two weeks ago. Mwase landed into the country on Monday,’’ announced the club.

Mwase was expected to meet the players and staff last night.

However, Mwase was not readily available Thursday.


His lawyer David Kanyenda said he was involved in negotiations of the deal.

’’I am impressed with the prompt and professional handling of the intensive negotiations by the club president Derrick Shiba and his management team,’’ Kanyenda said.

Mwase was also linked with TNM Super League giants Silver Strikers before they hired Dutchman Pieter de Jongh.

The former TN Stars mentor returns to eSwatini, formerly Swaziland where he coached several clubs including Mbabane Highlanders.

Sports analyst Sherry Msuku was confident that Mwase will deliver in eSwatini.

“He is a very good coach. If he will be supported well, he will help the team,’’ Msuku said.

Mwase made history by becoming the third Malawian coach, after late Henry Moyo and Kinnah Phiri, to guide the Flames to the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals in 2020.

But he was demoted to the position of assistant coach before the finals after Football Association of Malawi named Mario Marinica as coach. However, after the Afcon finals, Mwase was redeployed to the position of Under-23 coach but turned down the offer and dragged the association to court for unfair dismissal.

The Industrial Relations Court is expected to deliver its judgement on March 29 in Blantyre.

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