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Malawi Moves To Employ Local Coach

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The Football Association of Malawi (FAM), has said that plans are under way to have a local coach in charge of the national team within three months.

The policy is a U-turn by FAM, who had stated that it wanted to install an expatriate coach to replace Kinnah Phiri, who was sacked last month.

Interim coach Edington Ng’onamo and his assistants Ernest Mtawali and Patrick Mabedi have been given until June to stake a claim to be made permanent.

“If these three coaches prove to be successful in three months’ time then there is no need to look for an expatriate coach,” said FAM president Walter Nyamirandu.

“We are a very poor association and the minister of sports has already stated that government has no money. We had hoped that if we brought in an expatriate coach, the local coaches would understudy him so that they could eventually take over.

“But now we are going to fast-track the process.”

FAM announced the sacking of Phiri and the entire Malawi technical panel, together with technical director Jack Chamangwana, following the Flame’s poor showing in 2012 where they failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations and for the third year running and exited the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup at the quarter final stage.

But the government of Malawi, who pay national coaches, refused to terminate contracts of Phiri, his assistant Young Chimodzi and technical director Jack Chamangwana and they have since been redeployed to the Regional Sports Development Offices of the Malawi National Council of Sports.

The result is that Ng’onamo, and former internationals Mtawali and Mabedi, together with team manager Charles Manda, will stay in their roles until the end of June, instead of the end of September.

However, Nyamirandu has stated that Ng’onamo has the chance to sign a contract with government if he does well in Malawi’s three World Cup qualifiers in March and June.

Ng’onamo’s first test is on 23 March when he leads his charges against Namibia in Windhoek.

“I am committed to the Flames job. I feel humbled to be given this position and I will do all I can to turn things around for the team”, he said.

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NPFL : Eguma Urges Rivers People To Keep Faith

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The Technical Manager of Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt, Stanley Eguma, has called on Rivers State people to be faithful and support the team, saying that they would not let them down this Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL) season.
He said that, all the players in the team are hungry for success this season, adding that, he is planning with the players that have winning mentality.
Eguma said this on Sunday in his post match interview with sports journalists shortly after they saw off Kwara United with 3-0 in the match day six of the NPFL, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
He appreciated his players for the victory, adding that initially the game was a bit difficult.
According to him, his players were more technical on the ball, pointing out that he had to change the tactics of the game.
“Rivers people should still have faith and support the team because we will not let them down this season.
The league is a marathon one; it is not yet time to sing songs.
It is still work in progress.
We started well but we still have hope that the team will improve more on their performance because every club in the league is very strong,” Eguma stated.
He noted that his team last season did not change but the approach and mentality of the players have changed the game.
He disclosed that the team is highly motivated and taking care of, saying, most of the players want to deliver and make name for themselves.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Chukwu Blames Rohr For Not Developing NPFL Players

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Former Nigeria Super Eagles Captain Christian Chukwu, has blamed former National Coach Gernot Rohr for not developing the Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL) players.
He disclosed that Rohr was employed to build the NPFL players for them to get opportunity to play in European clubs rather than concentrating on foreign- based players.
Chukwu said this on Monday in a television programme monitored by Tidesports in Port Harcourt, adding that Rohr was supposed to base in Nigeria to enable him get in touch with the home base players.
According to him, Rohr failed for the development of the home-based- players, adding that, before now, all other coaches gave the home-based players the opportunity to showcase themselves in the national team.
Chukwu who had also coached the Super Eagles team, explained that Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) did not believe in Nigerian coaches, adding that, he is happy with what the interim coach, Austin Eguavoen is doing with the Super Eagles within the short period of time.
” Rohr was employed to develop our national players but he concentrated on foreign- based players.
We have players in the NPFL who are very good but they were not giving opportunity under Rohr to play in the national team.
All the players we have before now were home- based players”, Chukwu stated.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Eguavoen To Effect Changes Against Guinea-Bissau

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Super Eagles interim coach, Augustine Eguavoen has revealed that he would be making some changes in the final group match against the Wild Dogs of Guinea-Bissau tomorrow so as to give players who have not tested action some game time.
Tidesports source reports that Nigeria currently tops Group D with six points from their opening two games, after beating Egypt and Sudan and are guaranteed a spot in the knockout stages of the competition.
“Obviously, we will make changes for the last group game against Guinea-Bissau.
“We have depth in the team and it’s a good opportunity for the other players to play, we will play to win the game and I trust the players to do a great job,” he said.
Eguavoen also warned his players against complacency and taking their chances in front of goal in subsequent matches.
“No game comes easy. We knew it was going to be tough and tried as much as possible to be ready for any opponent that comes our way.
“So it’s a little bit difficult to say whether we were complacent in the Sudan game or not but we will discuss this with the boys going forward,” he added.

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