Some of the coaches whom the public are recommending for roles in the Flames interim coaching panel have given their views.
Names appearing on the social network sites and the media include fired deputy Flames coach Young Chimodzi and South Africa-based trio of Ernest Mtawali, John Maduka and Patrick Mabedi.
Former FAM technical director Eddington Ng’onamo and Yasin Osman have also been suggested.
A number of football commentators and fans in Malawi such as Moses Dossi and Stevie Liwewe-Banda have suggested that Chimodzi should be considered for the caretaker role for the sake of transition.
They also argue that he has never been given a chance to take full charge of the team.
However, Chimodzi played it safe on Sunday, saying he has not thought about the issue; therefore, it would be difficult to commit himself.
“Honestly, after what happened recently, I need a bit of time to reflect and ponder on my future,” said Chimodzi.
On their part, Mtawali and Maduka said they would have to consider a number of factors if they were offered roles.
“Personally, I would be willing to assist the national team, it would be an honour to assist my country at senior level, but then these are just suggestions.
“The ball is in FAM’s court and until such a time that they come out clearly, it would be difficult to make a commitment,” said Mtawali.
Maduka said: “At this point, I would not say yes or no because it will depend on what comes up. But, yes, I would want to offer services to my country in a different role.”
Ng’onamo prefers technical director role
But Ng’onamo said he would prefer a technical director’s role.
“My preference would be to continue from where I stopped as TD, because there are several things that are not being done right.
“But if I were offered a coaching role, then I would have to consult my family and personal advisers,” he said.
Osman keen on the role
Osman said in the spirit of patriotism, he would consider taking up the role if offered.
“It is our national team and I have a duty as a Malawian to assist wherever possible, but then I cannot just impose myself on the team. The offer has to come from the association; otherwise, these are mere proposals,” he said.
However, FAM technical subcommittee head Moses Mkandawire, who is also the association’s first vice-president, said while he is aware that the soccer fraternity has suggested some names, FAM is yet to meet on the way forward.
“Of course, a number of names have been suggested, but as an association we are yet to meet and map the way forward. We probably should be meeting this coming week,” said Mkandawire.
According to FAM, the interim coaching panel is expected be in charge of the team for six months starting with next month’s proposed international friendly against Zimbabwe’s Warriors and the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Namibia in March.