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Meke Mwase yet to apply for Flames job

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By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

CONCENTRATING ON JOB AT HAND—Mwase

Malawi national football team interim Coach, Meke Mwase, is yet to apply for the post of Flames coach despite his impressive record at the ongoing Cosafa Cup in Durban, South Africa.

For the first time in four years, the Flames have reached the Cosafa Cup quarterfinals and date Zambia on Sunday.

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Speaking from South Africa on Wednesday ahead of today’s deadline, Mwase said he was yet to make up his mind on the matter.

“It is tricky because my focus is on the Cosafa Cup. I want the results to speak for me. My players are doing a tremendous job here and I owe everything to them. But I have not yet made up my mind on whether to apply for the job or not. I will see what happens,” Mwase said.

The TN Stars Coach has guided the Flames to the regional competition’s quarterfinals on head-to-head after collecting six points after a 3-0 victory over Seychelles and a 2-1 win against Namibia.

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The Flames played their last preliminary round match at King Zwelithini Stadium Thursday.

Former Flames defender Patrick Mabedi and Dutchman Peiter De Jong are some of the coaches that have applied for the job.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) advertised the post after deciding against renewing Belgian mentor Ronny Van Geneugden’s contract, which expired on March 31.

But some analysts are of the view that it was high time Fam tried a local coach.

Former Flames defender, Clement Kafwafwa, said it would take more than two years for a foreign coach to build a team.

“A local coach would be the perfect choice for me. It would not take time for him to build a team because he knows our football culture, unlike a foreign coach,”

Kafwafwa said.

Meanwhile, Swedish coach Björn Peters has also applied for the job. Peters, who holds a Uefa A Diploma, has several played several roles including that of consultant for the Swedish Football Association.

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