Malawi side Blue Eagles have appointed veteran coach Gerald Phiri to take over the reins with immediate effect. Phiri, who is the father to Baroka FC attacking midfielder Gerald Phiri jnr, replaced Deklerk Msakakuona who took over as the coach for the Under 17 Malawi National Football Team earlier this year.
The club, via a statement, said the veteran coach underwent a successful interview on 9th December 2020 at the team’s headquarters. “Blue Eagles Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Gerald Phiri as Head Coach with immediate effect. This appointment follows interviews that were held on 9th December, 2020 at Senior Officers Mess, Area 39, Lilongwe,” reads part of the statement.
His appointment will see Christopher Sibale and Wilson Chidati continue serving as assistant coaches. “Meanwhile, Christopher Sibale and Wilson Chidati will continue serving as Assistant Coaches of the club,” concluded the statement.
The former Nyasa Big Bullets and BE Forward Wanderers mentor comes with the right combination of experience and qualifications, having coached some of Malawi’s top clubs. In 2012, he won the Presidential Cup as an assistant to Eddington Ng’onamo at Bullets.
In 2017, he was given a one-year contract by the Football Association of Malawi to become an interim coach for the Senior National Team but his journey was cut short by his employers who opted for an expatriate coach. He stepped down as Tigers coach earlier this year after he got concerned with the players’ welfare at the club.
The mentor returns to the Super League at the right time as only four league games have been played so far. Blue Eagles have not had the best start to the campaign, they are 10th on the log standing with five points earned from the first four league games played. This past weekend they played out to a 3-3 draw against KUFC.
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By Prince Sobayeni