Malawi rope in a Belgian coach

Malawi rope in a Belgian coach

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Apr 09, 2017. 09:00

Information coming through to is that Malawi have named Ronny Van Geneugden as the new Flames coach.

The Belgian mentor was said to be on the list of candidates vying for the Zimbabwe national team coaching job.

However, latest reports emanating from Malawi indicate that the coach has been handed a two-year deal and will be assisted by Gerald Phiri.

Phiri was named as interim coach last week alongside Deklerk Msakakuona and the duo will now work with the 48-year-old mentor.

Although the Belgian has never worked in Africa before, nor in international football, he is tasked with reviving Malawi's hopes.


"My target is to help the team rise on the Fifa rankings but the most important thing is that there is a good style of play," the Belgian said.

"I think that when you are a football coach you must live with pressure because everybody wants to win and that is also the same with me."

Malawi face Madagascar later in April in the 2018 CAF African Nations Championships Qualifiers and his arrival comes after a long search for a permanent coach.

Van Geneugden replaces Ernest Mtawali, who was sacked in June last year and the Football Association of Malawi has also confirmed the move.

"We are on a revival campaign to get back to winning ways and you know we are participating in the Africa Cup of Nations and CHAN competitions in the next year, so we want our performance to be better," FAM president Walter Nyamilandu said.

"We are meeting the African champions Cameroon, we are meeting Morocco who are coached by the two-time Africa Cup of Nations winner Herve Renard.

"For us to compete against the best in the world we need to have the right man behind the national team and that is why we said let us look for an expatriate coach."

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