BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)–Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has appointed Azam Tigers coach Gerald Phiri Snr as Flames caretaker coach for the friendly match against China Select this month end.
The two teams are set to play during the opening ceremony of the Bingu National Stadium on January 28 in Lilongwe.
Phiri will be assisted by Blue Eagles mentor Deklerk Msakakuona, with Premier Bet Wizards FC Technical Director and owner, Peter Mponda, appointed team manager.
Fam President, Walter Nyamilandu, confirmed that the technical panel has been hired specifically for the China Select match.
“Yes, it is true. But for more details, talk to the General Secretary, Alfred Gunda,” Nyamilandu said in a brief interview with The Sunday Times
Gunda confirmed Phiri’s appointment.
“The team is expected to start camping on 15th January 2017,” said Gunda.
He said the coaches have been appointed because they are already in FAM’s developmental system programmes.
But Phiri said the development was news to him.
“Actually, you are the first person to call me on the issue. But I will come back to you after receiving the official communication,” he said.
Phiri is expected to name a squad which will go into camp in preparation for the match.
This is a tournament which nations feature only players who play in their respective domestic leagues.
FAM is yet to appoint a full time coach for the Flames following the expiry of head coach Ernest Mtawali’s alongside his assistant Nsazurwimo Ramadhan mid last year.
The Malawi FA seeks to employ an expatriate coach and already made recommendations to the Malawi Government on the decision.