Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has requested for a meeting with government to justify its decision to hire an expatriate national team coach.
This follows Malawi National Council of Sports’s (MNCS) executive secretary George Jana’s recent comment that FAM has to convince government why it should hire an expatriate mentor for the Flames.
FAM outgoing general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda confirmed the development yesterday, saying: “We are working on a motivation report which we will present at a round table meeting with the Ministry [of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development] to justify our move.”
However, Nyirenda was uncertain on the specific date of the meeting.
“But we hope to have it before the end of the month because our target is to have a new coach in place latest by February next year,” he said.
Jana confirmed the development yesterday, saying: “Yes they have and we are trying to secure such a meeting.
“However, we have insisted for preliminary information for not only the ministry’s study and consideration, but also their consultation with other government departments who have a part to play in determining the remuneration packages for the Civil Service and/or other areas of recruitment and employee welfare.”
He reiterated that FAM’s proposal needs to have a basis.
Added Jana: “Otherwise, they [FAM] will motivate on their request and the ministry will only listen and not make decisions until after they have consulted other departments which may just prolong the period to the final decision.”
At its meeting held in Mzuzu on October 29, FAM executive committee resolved to hire an expatriate coach on the basis that currently, there is no suitable local coach.
“The meeting resolved to endorse the technical subcommittee proposal to hire an expatriate coach if we are to make transformational changes. It was further noted that some of the expatriate coaches that have applied are looking for affordable salaries and we cannot, therefore, afford to lose such an opportunity,” said FAM president Walter Nyamilandu. n