Mtawali named Flames coach

Nyamilandu congratulates Mtawali

Flames legend Ernest Mtawali has been offered a year contract as Flames head coach with effect from 1st August 2015.
Mtawali emerged top among the four coaches during the interviews FAM conducted on 30th July.
He saw off competition from Eddington Ng’onamo , Gilbert Chirwa and Burundian Nswanzarimo Ramadhan.
Ramadhan, who came second in the interview, will be Mtawali’s assistant.
Unveiling the two coaches at the Chiwembe Technical Centre on Saturday morning, FAM president Walter Nyamilandu said the association believes it has hired two top coaches to steer the Flames to  great heights.
“They demonstrated expertise during the interviews. They have very good track records and experience.
“Their main target will be to help us bounce back in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations having started badly against Zimbabwe. They will also need to take us past the preliminary round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Tanzania and Algeria.
“But most important is to ensure growth , continuous improvement and rebuilding of the team. FAM will give the coaches the best of support to ensure that they succeed,” said Nyamilandu.
Mtawali, who last month was appointed Flames caretaker coach for the Independence match against Uganda which he won 1-0, said he is ready for the challenge.
“It is a dream of every coach to be in charge of his country’s national team and am excited to have been given this opportunity.
“ I will give my best and will work hand in hand with  Ramadan to ensure we achieve the targets that will be set to us,” he said.
Former Flames defender Clement Kafwafwa will be the team manager while Phillip Nyasulu is the goalkeeper trainer.
Mtawali’s first assignment is a 2017 Afcon qualifier match against Swaziland away on 5th September.


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