The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) President Walter Nyamilandu has confirmed that the Malawi national team coach Meck Mwase will be given a new deal.
This comes after the Flames qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in ten years. Mwase’s charges defeated the Cranes of Uganda 1-0 to book their spot at the finals in Cameroon.
Before the final Afcon qualifier, there was already talks of the coach being fired, but the win on Monday proved all doubters wrong. An ecstatic Nyamilandu said the association will definitely give the new national hero an extension.
“He is a hero. The man is a hero. The last time, we went to Afcon was through Kinnah Phiri. We brought expatriates coaches, but we never made it. When we brought Meck, he learnt very quickly from the last expatriate coach we had, built a fantastic team, very resilient and is open to ideas. We will be very stupid to let him go. We want to reward everyone who has been part of this success in a befitting manner.
“He has earned his contract today. He has earned his job today. He has earned his right to coach the Flames today. Who else do you see at the moment with the fighting spirit, the hunger and the desire to do well? He has to go and prove his worth at the Afcon. I don’t see anybody saying no to Meck, I don’t see my Executive Members saying no to him, he has earned his place today.”
In a highly contested group, Malawi finished in second spot with ten points while Burkina Faso topped the group with 12 points. Uganda needed a draw or a win from the encounter to secure a ticket to Cameroon, but it wasn’t to be.
After the final whistle, the masses went crazy and stormed the streets of Blantyre singing chants of praise for their new heroes who had done the unthinkable. No fans were allowed at the Kamuzu Stadium so most fans followed proceedings through radio stations and social media.
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