Former Flames coach Ernest ‘Live Wire’ Mtawali says he can coach any football team in the world if approached.
The Flames legend made the remarks yesterday in reaction to a report that went viral on social media, which quoted him as saying than he cannot coach any other team in Malawi apart from Nyasa Big Bullets because it is the only side that is well-organised.
He said: “What Malawians should know is that I can coach any club in Malawi and beyond if approached and agree to the terms.
“As a professional, a coach does not choose a preferred team to coach, it is the clubs that approach him.
“Therefore, it is a bad joke [to say I can only accept an offer from Bullets]. I distance myself from this. Whoever wrote this has a malicious intent. That’s the problem with social media. Anyone can post whatever he likes, quoting someone who does not even know about it.”
The former Flames midfield maestro said he only grants interviews to mainstream media platforms and makes public comments on his official Facebook page.
“If my comment has not been quoted in the mainstream media or it is not picked from my official Facebook page, just know it is fake news,” he said.
Currently, Mtawali says he is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he is not attached to any club.
Mtawali initially played for the now-defunct Hardware Stars in the early 1980s before trekking to South Africa to play for Welkom Real Hearts, Bloemfontein Celtic, Sundowns FC, Orlando Pirates, Hellenic FC and Ajax Cape Town.
He also had stints with Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina, Toulouse FC in France and Al-Wehda in Saudi Arabia before retiring and embarkihng on a coaching career.
He was appointed the Flames caretaker head coach in June 2015.