Some pundits have suggested the need for Football Association of Malawi (FAM) to conduct some soul-searching following Flames’ exit from the Cosafa Castle Cup on Thursday evening.
The sky once again fell on the Flames when they went down 0-1 to Lesotho’s Likuena in a Group B quarter-final qualification decider.
Seasoned tactician Yasin Osman, former Flames captain Peter ‘Mjojo’ Mponda and Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) executive secretary George Jana said after exiting from all competitions, FAM should now focus
top-flight Super League.
“The problems are crosscutting, but if you look at the time when the team was doing well, there was a vibrant development structure. We had schools and youth competitions that were well structured, I do not think that is the case now.
“Football has also become so dynamic whereby you need coaches with good academic qualifications right from the lower leagues to the top. With due respect, the average academic qualification of most club coaches is JC [Junior Certificate] and it is equally the same with players,” he said.
Jana also suggested the need to come up with a philosophy of Malawian football.
“What is the philosophy of Malawian football? Because you are training people in Britain, Germany, Brazil and they come in with different techniques and tactics.”
FAM president Walter Nyamilandu yesterday said the technical subcommittee will meet next Saturday to assess the Flames current situation and thereafter, the executive committee will make a determination on the way forward.