Blantyre, March 06: Flames caretaker coach Edding’ton Ng’onamo has assured the nation that his technical panel will work extra hard to guide the Flames to success for the team to be one of the forces to reckon with on the continent.
Ng’onamo made the remarks on Tuesday at the Chiwembe Technical Centre in Blantyre when the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) unveiled the three interim coaches namely Eding’ton Ng’onamo himself, Ernest ‘Live Wire’ Mtawali and Patrick ‘General’ Mabedi.
The trio will man the Flames from March, 2013 to June 2014 starting with an away encounter against Namibia in the World Cup Qualifiers.
In his remarks, Ng’onamo appealed to the general public to rally behind the team and the entire technical panel.
“We will work hard because our aim is also to improve football in Malawi. If we fail we are going to be answerable to the nation but let me assure you that we will do our best to guide the Flames to success,” said Ng’onamo, who is still Big Bullets coach, since he will be working on part time for the Flames.
The seasoned mentor also saluted former Flames coach Kinnah Phiri and his technical panel for laying a good foundation for the Flames citing an example of guiding the team to the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.
On his part, Flames assistant coach, Patrick ‘General’ Mabedi urged the football fraternity and the media to work hand in hand with the current technical panel for the team’s success.
The former Kaizer Chiefs defender said he believes the media have a big task to play in the development of the game in the country.
“Let me appeal to the media to work hand in hand with us because you have what it takes to motivate the players with good publicity,” he said.
Quizzed on what prompted him to accept the post, Mabedi had a simple answer, “It is not all about money but the passion which l have for my country. Let us put our country first, the rest later.”
Former Flames legendary Ernest Mtawali said with the calibre of the squad which they have selected they are capable of upsetting the tables.
He however, urged soccer fans to rally behind the team by sticking to the players even when the chips are down.
Football Association of Malawi President, Walter Nyamilandu said as an association, they will give support to the technical panel for them to work in a conducive environment.
Nyamilandu said despite the association facing challenges economically; they will do all they can to source money from the corporate world for the Flames preparations.
The FAM President also reminded Malawians to give the three coaches a chance saying it takes a little bit of time for the new squad to gel under their supervision.
Nyamilandu however, assured the three coaches that if they perform to the nation’s satisfaction they will be offered permanent work.
He also spared time to dispute rumours that Ng’onamo failed to handle the Flames before.
“We have tried all seasoned coaches and we were left with Ng’onamo. This is his time and let us give him a chance to prove us wrong.
“If you ask us why we have chosen Ernest and Patrick to assist Ng,onamo the answer is simple, the two have played football on the highest levels.”
Nyamilandi also hinted that FAM will be sending both Mtawali and Mabedi to Germany to attend a UEFA A coaching licence.
‘We do not want to rely on expatriate coaches. We have confidence in the three coaches that they can lead us to success,” said Nyamilandu.