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The Flames lack passion— Ronny van Geneugden

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Malawi National Football Team Coach, Ronny van Geneugden, has said the current generation of Malawian players lack passion for the game, hence fail to transfer club form to country.

“Lack of motivation is there yes. What our [national team] players get is really meagre compared to other countries.

“However, unlike in the past when football was being played for the love of the game, current players do so for money. Football needs passion and patriotism.

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“My assignment has started with the under-15 players. They are not given any honoraria except lunch. We want them to grow with strong passion for football and not for the love of money,” van Geneugden explained at Mzuzu Stadium over the weekend.

Former Flames striker Russell Mwafulirwa concurred with the coach, saying some players fake injuries when their allowances delay.

The Flames assistant coach and former national team player Gerald Phiri Senior, said it was high time the country came up with a new way of motivating players and not by money only.

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“During our playing time, the government was awarding players by sending them to study in top secondary schools.

“Nowadays, if you do the same you will find that the player is out of school the following day. Once their careers are finished, they start begging. So, it is a big problem,” he said.

The Flames host the Comoros Islands on June at Bingu National Stadium in a 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier.

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