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New contract on the cards for Meck Mwase

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EMOTIONAL AFTERNOON—Nyamilandu (centre) hugs Mwase and his assistant Lovemore Fazili

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has proposed a two-year contract for Flames Coach Meck Mwase who steered the senior side to 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Fam president Walter Nyamilandu said Mwase deserves better after defying all odds to inspire Malawi to third Afcon finals.

“We are embarking on the processing of renewing Meck’s contract and we should finalise this month with the Malawi Government. Meck needs an improved contract so we will discuss with the government on what is possible since they are the employer. Two years will be ideal to reward him appropriately,” he said.

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The former Fifa Council member said Mwase will also be promoted.

“Essentially Meck should be promoted. He will get an improved grade which goes with an increased remuneration package. It is befitting for him to go a notch higher from his current grade,” Nyamilandu said.

However, Mwase, while admitting that he wants an improved offer, refused to share details of what exactly he expects from the new deal.

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“Let us wait and see what happens. I want to see what they are offering first and it is from there that we can now start talking again. I am now patiently waiting at home,” the former Flames, Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Wanderers defence pillar said.

Director of Sports in the Ministry of Sports Jameson Ndalama said they were yet to receive Fam’s proposal.

“It will be difficult to comment when we don’t know the contents of the offer. However, what I can say is that Malawians are happy with Mwase’s feat,” he said.

Mwase and his backroom staff made headlines after Flames defeated Uganda’s Cranes 1-0 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre to qualify for the 2021 Afcon finals set for Cameroon.

The former Jomo Cosmos defender became the third Malawian to inspire the Flames to Afcon finals following the exploits of Late Henry Moyo in 1984 (Ivory Coast) and Kinnah Phiri in 2010 (Angola).

The Flames collected 10 points to join Group B leaders Burkina Faso who finished the campaign with 12 points.

Meanwhile, Fam faces a tall order to raise about K1.1 billion to cater for Flames assignments in 2022 World Cup qualifiers and Afcon finals.

The Flames were grouped alongside Cameroon, Mozambique and Ivory Coast in World Cup qualifiers set to begin in June whereas Afcon finals will be staged next in Camer oon.

Nyamilandu said they were confident the corporate world would partner Fam and Flames to campaign successfully in both assignments.

“Qualification of the Flames to Cameroon presents a wonderful opportunity to secure sponsors because the Flames brand is now very attractive and everybody wants to be associated with a winning team. Our plans are to court the corporate world to secure additional sponsors. “We are also looking at ha ving dinner with potential sponsors where we can showcase the benefits of partnering with the Flames and how they can exploit the rights,” he said.

The Fam boss admitted raising the amount would require consolidated efforts, hence the association’s plan to host a corporate dinner.

“The budget which is at stake is huge, so, while we are negotiating with the government, we also need to bridge the gap by securing sponsors. Obviously, Fam will also play its role as you saw we invested about K187 million in Afcon qualifiers.

“We have seen tremendous interest shown by the public as well as the private sector in the replica jerseys and in the national team itself so we want to seize the moment,” Nyamilandu said.

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