AFCON 2022: Nyamilandu for Mwase

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Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has said it is 'stupid' for anyone to start thinking of destabilising the Malawi national senior football team after qualifying for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Malawi beat Uganda 1-0 at Kamuzu Stadium on Monday to qualify for the continental showpiece after eleven years.

This time, they were under coach Meck Mwase, who apparently has only two months remaining to his extended three-month contract after the expiration of his initial one year run by Malawi government.

Speaking in an interview after the Uganda match, Nyamilandu said he will vouch for Mwase's post at the Executive Committee meeting.

"Mwase has earned his job, he got his job and I do not see anyone in the Executive Committee opposing the extension of his contract. I will be the last person to fight for that. 

"Let him go and prove himself with his team at the AFCON finals in Cameroon. The last time we had Kinnah Phiri and this time Mwase, all local coaches after we tried expatriates who failed to achieve that. We are lucky Mwase managed to learn fast from the expatriates," Nyamilandu said.

Walter Nyamilandu
Nyamilandu believes in Mwase 

Commenting on worries on his job contract, Mwase said he will follow whatever he is told.

"My last game as Flames coach was this Uganda match. The way forward is in the hands of FAM and I cannot say anything on their behalf. Whatever they decide, I will oblige," he said.

Meck Mwase
Mwase and his assistant, Lovemore Fazili shedding tears of joy- photos by FAM 

After the Uganda win, Malawi moved to second position in Group B with 10 points, two behind Burkina Faso who beat South Sudan 1-0 later thr day. 

Richard Mbulu scored the lone goal to avenge the 2-0 loss they suffered in Uganda in the first leg encounter last year.