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Malawi National Football Team’s coaching panel will likely be beefed up ahead of next year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals as doubts over Flames Coach Meck Mwase abilities continue to concern football stakeholders.

Malawi News has established that Football Association of Malawi (Fam) is waiting for technical reports before implementing the move.

Newly appointed Technical Director (TD) Marian Mario Marinica and the association’s technical sub-committee will submit reports to determine whether to beef up the Flames coaching panel ahead of the continental showpiece slated for Yaoundé in Cameroon.

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The association’s technical sub-committee chairperson Tiya Somba-Banda said they had noted that there was a gap that needs filling up for the team to perform better.

“We fast-tracked the appointment of the Technical Director to enable him analyse the last two World Cup qualifiers. His report and the report of the sub committee will direct us on the next course of action,” he said.

Mwase refused to comment anything regarding his future or Flames’ performance.

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Meanwhile, National Football Coaches Association (NFCA) Chairperson Aubrey Nankhuni said the Flames technical panel had failed.

“They hired them to develop a winning team to compete at Afcon using the World Cup qualifiers as preparations. They have failed in World Cup qualifiers and yet these are the same teams we are going to meet at Afcon finals but we have failed to handle them at this stage,” he said.

Nankhuni said the onus was on Fam’s technical sub-committee to determine whether the Mwase-led panel should be beefed up.

However, former Flames international Peterkins Kayira brushed off suggestions to beef up the coaching panel, saying Fam was to blame as the association does not have a working system to develop a winning team

“We do not wash clothes with dirty water. We don’t fix something that is not broken. It is all about bad systems by those in leadership positions. We only have Fifa Under-15 League and FCB Under-20 League in the country. Where is our youth system? There are no shortcuts in football. All what these people can afford is assembling a team that can participate and not compete in competitions,” he said.

Mwase has led the Flames to eight victories, 14 losses and 11 draws in 33 matches.

In the last 11 matches, the Flames have registered eight losses, two draws and one win in the World Cup qualifiers, Cosafa Cup and one international friendly.

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