Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has said hiring of an expatriate coach for the Flames remains an option although government ruled out such a possibility due to lack of funds.
Minister of Sports and Culture Grace Chiumia told Parliament in June this year that government cannot afford a foreign coach.
However, FAM general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda yesterday said a determination on whether to hire a local or a foreign coach will be made by the executive committee soon after next month’s dead rubber 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Swaziland’s Sihlangu.
“The issue about availability of funds is another thing, but whether the next coach will be an a expatriate or local will be determined by the executive committee,” he said.
Nyirenda said, so far, 48 expatriates and three locals have made enquiries about the vacant post previously held by Ernest Mtawali whose contract expired last month and was not renewed.
Mtawali’s former assistant Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan is currently the caretaker coach until September 10.
Nyirenda could not disclose names of the interested coaches. Nevertheless, locals Yasin Osman, Lawrence Waya, Eddingtone Ng’onamo and Gilbert Chirwa declared their interest for the job last month.
The last time the Flames had an expatriate was three years ago when FAM hired Belgian coach Tom Saintfiet on a temporary basis.
Ramadhan also told Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) last week that should the job be advertised, he will definitely apply.
“It is every coach’s dream to take charge of the national team and I am no exception,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nyirenda has said Ramadhan and his assistants—Patrick Mabedi and Deklerk Msakakuona—are scheduled to address a press briefing in Blantyre today where, among other things, they will announce the squad for the Swaziland game.
The Flames anchor Group L with two points from five games.