The Ministry of Sports, Youth and Culture has disclosed that Malawi national football team coach, Meck Mwase’s contract is now ready after more than six months of waiting.
Mwase agreed to sign a one-year contract with the government after Football Association of Malawi (Fam) recommended him for the position in June last year.
Mwase was offered the position after guiding the Flames to the Cosafa Cup Plate final where they lost to South Africa 4-2 on post-match penalties.
He took over from Belgian coach Ronny Van Geneudgen whose two-year contract was not renewed due to poor performance.
The Ministry’s spokesperson, Simon Mbvundula, said they have finalised the contract and the two parties are set to sign it this weekend.
Mbvundula said the process was delayed because it was the first time to have such a post in government’s set up.
“I can confirm that the contract is almost ready. We are waiting for a few technical issues to make it conclusive. I am very sure that come end of business this week we should have signed on the part of government awaiting the other party to do their part as well. So all things being equal I think both parties should conclude the contract by the end of this week,” Mbvundula said.
On his part, Fam general secretary, Alfred Gunda, said the association will wait for the government as it remains with two days to finalise the deal.
But commenting on the matter former Fam, general secretary, George Kaudza Masina, said it was important to seal the contract.
“I think this will still cover the six months that he has already covered in his one-year contract. But this should be a lesson to both Fam and the coaches in general. Most of our coaches, even at club level, have been operating without formal contracts out of desperation which is very unprofessional,” Kaudza Masina said.
He asked Fam and coaches to be serious when following recruitment processes.
“If we are to expect the best from our coaches, Fam ought to be serious with the contractual obligations than the way things are handled presently. Let professionalism be the virtue otherwise Meck and his backroom staff can now afford a smile,” Kaudza Masina said.
Mwase got the job without interviews after impressing during the Cosafa Cup where he guided the Flames to three victories, one draw and two losses.
Malawi started the regional competition with a 3-0 win over Seychelles before beating Namibia 2-1.
The Flames then drew 1-1 with Mozambique in the last game of the group stages before losing 4-2 on post-match penalties to Zambia in the quarterfinals after a 2-2 stalemate in regulation time.
Malawi were then relegated to the Cosafa Plate section where they beat Comoro Islands 2-1 to qualify for the final which they lost to South Africa.
Since his full time appointment, Mwase has guided the Flames to World Cup group stage qualification after edging Botswana 1-0 on aggregate.
Mwase also inspired the Flames to a 1-0 win over South Sudan in their first group match.