Ministry of Sports speak on country’s football standards

Written by  Gladys Nthenda

Minister of Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Henry Mussa has spoken on the need to build a Professional Malawian Team which inspires the public in as far as football standards in the country are concerned.

Hon. Henry Mussa Hon. Henry Mussa


He was responding to a question raised by Mchinji North East legislator Alex Chitete in Parliament on Tuesday who asked what criterion was used to hire Flames new coach Ronny Van Geneugden (RVG) who according to Chitete has started “very badly” in his role as the team’s mentor.


Mussa assured the House that the current national coach was selected after being assessed by Football Association of Malawi (FAM) which is within its mandate.

He acknowledged that football standards in the country have indeed gone down and called on the need to reflect back in the days when the National Team used to make Malawi proud with its performance.


The Youth and Sports Minister disclosed to members that he discussed with the Minister of Finance on the establishment of a sports academy to restore the Flames lost glory adding that the issue would be looked into in the proposed 2017/2018 Budget.


Under RVG’s tutelage the National team has played 3 games. The first was a friendly against Kenya which ended goalless. The other two games were against Madagascar which the Flames lost by 1-0 margins both away and at home.

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