It is surprising and annoying that instead of firing Flames mentor, Ronny van Geneugden (RVG), a product of domestic football chaos, Fam is wasting time explaining things to back the failed mentor.
In desperate attempt to save his battered and bruised image after embarrassing himself and the nation at the Cosafa Castle Cup in South Africa, RVG cited some sections in his contract with Fam, purportedly indicating that performance is not one of the key performance indicators.
The Belgian said his key priority is team-building and creating a unique style of play for the long term.
However, Fam, president Walter Nyamilandu, his employer, has trashed RVG’s defence and stated that the performance of the national team is one of the key indicators.
What RVG, who I strongly feel could have diverted his energies to better use than in football coaching, said in his defence after the disastrous outing at the Cosafa Castle Cup, smacks of dishonesty and hypocrisy.
I don’t even know whether this coach was employed by design or default but for sure, with the passage of time, we have realised that he is incompetent and costly to the nation.
He must be schooled that every style of play a coach devises is supposed to culminate in success; but if success is not coming, it means he is deploying wrong style of play.
It is a sheer waste of resources for Fam to keep the coach whose old Belgian football techniques have been overtaken by events.
In fact, the nation has always questioned the employment of this tactless mentor because when I google his name, I do not get impressed with the stuff that comes out on his resume. No wonder, he has managed to win only two games with eight draws and five losses since he was appointed 13 months ago.
What more evidence do we need to confirm that this smacks of incompetence of the highest order?
It is, therefore, ridiculous for Fam to continue keeping such a spent force considering the tough economic times the country is enduring.
Fam should not waste our ink and paper justifying why they are keeping this coach who has added no value to our football.
And for RVG to start getting credit for the successes of junior national teams is an insult and a mockery to the local football fraternity.
Flames junior teams have ever given us hope dating back to the days of Manfred Hoener, a true expatriate football coach with deep knowledge of the game who, so far, has no equal in as far as Malawi football is concerned.
We must admit that since Fam started hiring these gold diggers for the senior national team, the results have not been forthcoming.
Fam executive needs to feel ashamed of this anomaly and send the talentless RVG packing. We have had enough of this.
Go RVG go!