Flames coaches Ernest Mtawali and Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan on Thursday signed year-long contracts, two months after they were appointed as Malawi national football team coaches.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda confirmed the development on Thursday.
“As you are aware, the coaches were appointed in August, but their contracts were not ready,” Nyirenda said.
“I am pleased to announce that this morning we were paid a visit by government officials who brought the contracts for the signing.”
Coach Ernest Mtawali said he was relieved to have finally signed a contract after two months of waiting.
“I am very excited. It was not easy. It’s been tough,” Mtawali said.
The coaches’ contracts were not ready because FAM delayed firing coach Young Chimodzi and his assistant Jack Chamangwana.
FAM only told the two coaches that their contracts would not be renewed and that Mtawali would be caretaker coach in June.
It was only on August 1 that Mtawali and Ramadhan were appointed as permanent coaches and had to start immediately as they waited for the contract processing which director of sports in Ministry of Sports and Culture, Jameson Ndalama, said takes a minimum of two months. n