Namibia have appointed Roger Palmgren as coach for their national soccer team, the Brave Warriors, just over a month before they play 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Malawi and African champions Nigeria.
The Flames, who are joint Group F leaders with Nigeria’s Super Eagles on five points, will host Namibia at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on June 5.
The 50-year-old Swede was coach of Sierra Leone when they competed at the 1996 African Nations Cup finals and has also coached Rwanda.
His last job was with South African Premier League club AmaZulu who fired him late last year.
Palmgren replaces Bernard Kaanjuka, who quit in March following the 1-0 loss to the Flames.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu has said Namibia’s move to appoint a new coach could be both an advantage and a disadvantage to the Flames.
“It could be an advantage to us because it takes a bit of time for a new coach to get to assess his players and what tactics and techniques to apply.
“But it could also work to our disadvantage because he [Palmgren] will be out to repay the faith shown in him by the Namibia FA,” said Nyamilandu.