FAM Chief Executive Officer, Alfred Gift Gunda said in a statement, the final decision to settle for an expatriate coach was reached at the local football governing body’s Extra Ordinary Executive Committee Meeting in Blantyre on Saturday March 18, which among others was convened to review the developments that have taken place following the press statement released on 12th March 2017.
“It has become apparent in these discussions that there is obvious concern from Government, our partners and well-wishers on the prospect of the team’s withdrawal from the above competitions. Accordingly, some form of commitments and assurances have been made on the financial support for the team in these two competitions, in the short term, and its future programs, in the long term.
“Consequent upon these discussions, FAM has expedited the recruitment of a well-qualified and experienced National Coach, who will be an Expatriate, for the Senior National team and he will be assisted by two local coaches. The recruitment process has since commenced and FAM is in touch with the prospective candidates for this crucial position. It is expected that the National Coach will be in place by the time Malawi starts to prepare for the CHAN qualifying matches whose first game is scheduled for 21st April 2017,” said Gunda.
He added that in order to ensure that the team is quickly assembled and preparations commence ahead of the recruitment of the National Coach, FAM resolved that two local coaches be immediately appointed to take charge of the team.
“Discussions with the local coaches, their respective clubs and other relevant stakeholders on the scope of their work and responsibility are currently underway. Once agreed appropriate communication will be made to the general public and all the stakeholders. The two local coaches will work with and report to the National Coach once he reports for duties.
“FAM in consultation with the Coaches’ Association, will assemble a further pool of 10 local coaches who will be assigned to and closely work with the National Coach as part of the long term capacity and technical development of the coaches. It is expected that through this arrangement, the technical and tactical side of our coaches is going to be sharpened thus paving way for our local coaches to assume full-time and singular tutelage of our team,” said the FAM CEO.
FAM has since said that that the decision, and indeed the decisions being made now, in regard to Senior National Team’s participation in COSAFA and CHAN tournaments, was solely based, and reached upon, in the interest of the beautiful game of football, and not on any other considerations.