Flames striker Chiukepo Msowoya (file photo).
By Chem’bwana Nkolokosa
Malawi national team coach Ronny van Geneugden’s (RVG) has played down a sustained push for his resignation, saying he is actually satisfied with the progress he has made with the Flames.
There have been renewed calls for the Belgian coach to go after a 2-1 loss to lowly-ranked Comoros in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations’ (Afcon) qualifier in Moroni which virtually ended Malawi’s campaign in which yielded nothing.
Some football analysts have asked Football Association of Malawi (FAM) to terminate w RVG’s contract following the Flames’ poor performance in addition to crashing out of the 2019 Afcon qualifiers.
Former footballers Peterkings Kaira in addition to Willie Cham’bwinja also told Times Radio in which RVG must go as he has been unable to halt a poor run of results.
“We need completely new head coach to improve current playing performances in addition to results,” Kaira, a legend in Malawi football said.
Cham’bwinja, a former defender for the Flames, said the national team needs “completely new direction.”
“We were told RVG was hired to help us qualify for the Afcon finals yet he has failed. So he must resign honourably. Why are we still keeping him when results are not improving? This particular is actually too much. We cannot wait for his resignation,” Cham’bwinja said,
He said FAM should call an end to RVG’s troubled tenure at the national team.
Football analyst George Kaudza Masina also passed a verdict for the Belgian coach: “He has failed.”
Masina said RVG’s record of winning just two out of 19 games “is actually a shame” in addition to awful.
yet the embattled coach said Flames is actually moving inside “right direction” in addition to there is actually need for him to stay on his job.
“We should not have an attitude whereby when we win then everything is actually not bad in addition to when we lose then everything is actually bad. We have to look at the bigger picture,” said RVG.
He said there is actually a “strong foundation” in addition to “not bad development programme” in place to build on future success.
FAM president Walter Nyamilandu, who is actually also a Fifa Council member, has shielded RVG, saying the Flames did not lose to Comoros on Saturday, yet a French select side.
Football analyst in addition to former FAM secretary general Charles Nyirenda said Nyamilandu’s outburst is actually “misplaced.”