Ronny van Geneugden, those South African analysts need psychiatric attention


When you mess up things, sometimes it is better to keep your mouth shut than utter senseless things which annoy listeners who are still grieving and shedding tears for the misery inflicted on them by a bunch of 25 or so individuals masquerading as the Flames.

A press conference the Flames Coach Ronny van Geneugden, a parasite to Malawi football, addressed at Mpira Village on Wednesday to justify the teams’ poor run of form at the ongoing Cosafa Castle Cup is not only ridiculous but annoying.

The Coach wants the nation to believe that the team came out of the tournament with more positives and yet we all know that it had a shoddy display.


Whichever soccer analyst in South Africa praised the Flames, if what the coach is saying is anything to go by, needs to go for psychiatric attention.

No sane human being can praise a team that played like a tortoise especially when they were in the attacking third.

Seriously, should we really believe in the coach’s statement that the team played well in South Africa and the fans liked them yet we all watched the team’s games live on SuperSport television?


The coach must be told in no uncertain terms that we have no business asking those who hired him if he is a right man for the job because his hiring was controversial and unpalatable.

In two successive years, and at the same tournament, his predecessors, Young Chimodzi and Ernest Mtawali won at least two games but they got the boot.

Why is Football Association of Malawi (Fam) still sparing this coach when there is empirical evidence that he has no knowledge on how to handle a complicated side like the national team.

His longevity on the big stage is questionable considering that his already archaic tactics have been made worse by the demons of lies and incompetence he found at Mpira Village.

Even Fam President Walter Nyamilandu, who is desperately backing the hopeless coach, is experienced enough to know that football is an unforgiving industry and that van Geneugden would shortly fade into the horizon like the shooting star.

Seriously, what more symptoms do we need to tell that Fam hired a patient when the biggest symptom of failing to score goals is still there?

In a quarter of a century in these trenches, I have seen both foreign and local coaches come and go, but I have never seen a coach with ugly tactics like Ronny.

In fact, I can write more than five books on how Ronny has been destructive to our football in his shortest stint with the Flames.

This is why I have decided to join a chorus of critics who want a new broom to sweep better at Mpira Village.

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