Ernest Mtawali suing Malawi FA for defamation

Ernest Mtawali suing Malawi FA for defamation
Ernest Mtawali

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Aug 05, 2016. 11:29

Following his sacking last month, ex-Malawi national team coach Ernest Mtawali is suing the Football Association of Malawi (FAM).

The Nyasa Times website reports that the former Flames midfielder is suing for defamation following reports that he begged for money and cigarettes from players.

Mtawali is suing FAM alongside its vice-president and technical sub-committee chairperson James Mwenda for defamation of character.

The website reveals that Court documents suggest Mtawali is claiming general and special damages for libel and slander with the coach claiming that Mwenda portrayed him as a pauper and a man of no means.

Through his lawyers, Ritz Attorneys at Law, the former midfielder argues that a report about his sacking was damaging, citing this in part:


“Going through the privy of the report by the technical committee of FAM, it is clear why the national football team is only a shadow of itself with nothing to point as evidence of the slightest achievement…it makes unbelievable revelations of the dirt that happens behind the scenes. The dirt is so filthy that not even the garbage man would lift into his van.

“There are allegations [that] the head coach has been spotted on drinking outings and sharing cigarettes with players while on national duty as recent as the Cosafa Namibia task…

"The coach is also accused of relating well to other players at the exclusion of others and borrowing money from players, a behaviour that led to fallout with some two players.”

As coach of the Flames, Mtawali's team crashed out of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, 2018 World Cup and the recent 2016 Cosafa Cup in Namibia.

It is reported that the Flames played 15 games, won five, lost six and drew four.

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