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Ulemu Msungama speaks on Flames coaches

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Sports Minister Ulemu Msungama has said the government is waiting for Football Association of Malawi (Fam)’s proposal before extending the contract for Malawi National Football Team Coach Meck Mwase and his backroom staff.

“Whenever Fam wants the government to recruit a coach, they submit a proposal with clear recommendations as to what they want the government to do. If government has issues or want any clarification, it engages Fam in discussions to come up with workable solutions. The previous arrangement was agreed between the two parties, with Sports Council being on the side of the government,” he said.

The development comes after Fam President Walter Nyamilandu disclosed that they had proposed to the government to offer Mwase a two-year new contract and promotion.

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Some quarters, including the National Coaches Association, has also asked Fam to convince the government to offer full-time contracts to the rest of the senior side’s coaching panel.

However, Msungama trashed the idea of hiring assistant coaches on full-time basis.

“The responsibility of coaches is with Fam; the government is simply assisting. Government cannot be dealing with assistants. This can change at any time depending on the direction the coach wants to take the team to. Nowhere can you find assistants being recruited on permanent basis unless I am wrong. This arrangement about assistants was put in place by Fam for a reason and the government respects that because they [Fam] are experts in the game,” he said.

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Mwase has led the Flames to their third Africa Cup of Nations finals, having finished second in Group B with 10 points, two behind leaders Burkina Faso.

He is the third local coach to achieve the feat following the exploits of the late Henry Moyo in 1984 and Kinnah Phiri in 2010.

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