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Fam states conditions for firing Mario Marinica


Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has stated conditions that would necessitate the firing of Malawi National Football Team Coach Mario Marinica.

The Romanian has come under heavy criticism after failing to qualify for the quarterfinals of the on-going 2022 Holywoodbets Cosafa Cup in Durban, South Africa.

Malawi were booted out of the competition after one win, one loss and a drawn match.


The Flames also lost 1-0 to Guinea in an away 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier on June 9.

This has prompted calls from various quarters for Marinica to be fired ahead of the Flames’ back-to-back Afcon qualifiers in September.

However, Fam Technical Subcommittee Chairperson Tiya Somba Banda said Marinica can only be fired after failing to win either the Cosafa Cup or not qualifying for the African Nations Championship (Chan) finals.


“The coach is doing well. We have recorded some progress in each and every match that we played at the Cosafa Cup where he had an opportunity to try some players who rarely feature for the national team.

“We used the tournament to shape the team ahead of the Chan qualifiers and the 2023 Afcon qualifiers against Egypt in September,” Somba Banda said.

The sentiments mean that Marinica has to deliver in two more Cosafa and Chan tournaments after signing a three-year contract with Fam.

After a disastrous campaign at the regional competition, Marinica asked the media to exercise patience as he continues to fix the team.

However, National Football Coaches Association Chairperson Aubrey Nankhuni said the Flames’ performance at this year’s Cosafa Cup was below par.

“We failed as a team. We could not qualify for the quarterfinals and that was it. All this coming after we named a highly experienced team capable of winning the tournament! We also failed to get anywhere with the team’s 4-3-3 formation.

“Problems with this formation were clear in our opening match against Lesotho, which we lost 2-1. But the team improved in the last game against Mauritius, when we reverted to our traditional 4-4-2 system,” Nankhuni said.

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