Former Flames and Silver Strikers coach Young Chimodzi Snr has turned down Blue Eagles’ offer to replace fired Gerald Phiri Snr.
Eagles, who parted ways with Phiri senior on Wednesday due to poor performance, approached the former Flames defender to consider retiring from retirement.
However, Chimodzi told the club that he was not ready to return to coaching.
Chimodzi confirmed rejecting Eagles’ offer.
“We had discussions with Eagles but I told them it is too early for Me to retire from retirement. I cannot rule out a return to football coaching but, at the moment, I am not ready,” Chimodzi said.
Eagles Vice General Secretary Gomezgani Mchawi confirmed that the club approached the Flames legend.
“He was one of the coaches we approached but, unfortunately, he told us that he was busy with personal commitments,” Mchawi said.
Chimodzi once served as Eagles technical director when Deklerk Msakakuona was coach.
He served in different roles for his childhood club Silver, including as a player, coach and technical director before he retired in 2019.
Chimodzi is considered as Malawi’s most capped player after playing 154 games and also holds the record of highest goal-scoring defender with 12 goals.
The Flames legend also served as assistant to coach Kinnah Phiri before he was named Flames coach in January 2014.
But he was put on forced leave in 2015 after the Flames lost 2-1 at home to Zimbabwe in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers before his contract was terminated.
Meanwhile, TN Stars Coach Joseph Malizani, Karonga United mentor Dan Dzinkambani and Civil Reserve Coach Eliya Kananji have emerged as favourites to replace Phiri Senior at the Area 30-based club.
However, the trio has running contracts with their respective clubs.
Malizani, who holds a Caf A coaching licence, said he was committed to Stars.
“I am happy at Stars for now. My focus is on the game against Silver in the Airtel Top 8 Cup,” Malizani said.
However, Dzinkambani, who guided Karonga to position five in the league, said he was waiting for an official approach to make his decision.
“There is nothing concrete now,” he said.
Eagles survived relegation after beating Mighty Wanderers 3-1 in their last game of the season. They tied on 32 points with relegated Chitipa United but the Police outfit had a better goal-difference in the just ended season.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.