Gabadinho Mhango of Malawi (11) celebrates goal with teammates
Thursday Mar 30, 2017. 14:30
New Malawi national team coach Gerald Phiri says he has the capacity to lead the Flames after he was unveiled as the new manager.
Phiri was unveiled alongside Blue Eagles coach Deklerk Msakakuona, team manager Peter Mponda, goalkeeper trainer Phillip Nyasulu and team doctor Levi Mwale, who have been given a one-year-contract.
Initial reports indicated that FAM were looking to bring former Zimbabwe coach Kalisto Pasuwa on board, but it looks like they decided to settle for Phiri.
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Reports from the country indicate that the government has since decided to fund the coach and the national team to participate in the 2018 CAF African Championships and Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers.
However, the coach said he can do a better job, hitting back at his critics that he has no experience to discharge his duties ahead of the team's forthcoming assignments in 2019 Africa Championship and Africa Cup of Nations.
The coach admitted that the job will come with challenges and he expressed happiness in taking the job to revive the country's football.
"I am happy that have appointed national team head coach. I don't take this for granted," Phiri said.
"I have the capability to at that top level because have worked at big clubs in the country. know the pressure is there but we have to get down on the ground start working."
On the other hand, he said his appointment should not be harshly judged by the past which has seen more experienced and reputable coaches failing to produce the much needed result for the team.
"It's not about the past. We are focusing on the job at hand and we hope we will continue from where he left in the game against Chinese club Guangzhou [who played against developmental team] during the official opening of Bingu National Stadium on January 28,” he added.