Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has said they are yet to finalise Flames assistant coaches Gerald Phiri and Deklerk Msakakuona’s contracts as there are some logistics to be worked on, including head coach Ronny van Geneugden’s input.
The two coaches were offered one-year deals by FAM but will be under Malawi Government’s pay roll.
“There are still one or two things that we need to finalise on their TORs [terms of reference] with the Malawi National Council of Sports [MNCS] before we submit the copies to the Ministry [of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development] and among them is the input of the coach.
“Since they [assistant coaches] will be working with him, we expect him to provide us with their tasks and responsibilities,” he said.The FAM GS said considering government’s bureaucracy, they are hoping that the contracts should be ready by the time the next financial year starts.
“Our bargaining is that by the time the next financial year starts, we should have finalised everything.”
He further said they want to ensure a proper transition between the two coaches and their former employers.
“It should not be like they are dumping their former clubs, we would want them to do proper handovers to ensure hat we maintain good working relationships with the clubs,” said Gunda.
On his part, Phiri said he understands how government operates and that they are not in a hurry to get things done.
“As long as we are being taken care of by FAM then there should be no problems because I am aware that it is a process,” he said.
Sports Council executive secretary George Jana had not yet responded to our questionnaire yesterday, saying he was attending a meeting.