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Malawi Coaches Records

In 1962, the Flames (Malawi) under the guidance of caretaker Augustine Chavula began their international Association football journey against the Gold Coast (Ghana) in match they lost by a record dozen goals. Since then Malawi have played 628 games.

Current coach
Ronny van Geneugden with his Assistant Peter Mponda

During the period 23 coaches ,including the incumbent Ronny van Geneugden, have been at the helm as full time headcoaches while 22 others were in charge on interim basis.

However only three of them won a Silverware.

Ted Powell won the country’s first trophy with back to back triumphs in the East and Central Africa Senior Challenge Cup in 1978 and 1979.

Rueben Malola, who was part of 78 and 79 winning squads as a player,won the Challenge Cup as coach in 1988 with Young Chimodzi as his captain. As a coach Chimodzi then went to win the COSAFA Plate in 2015.

So, Malawi has won only four trophies in history.

Malawi’s first full time coach was Ron Meades, who was brought in by the British Council through the English Football Association to coach Malawi for the Republic Celebrations matches against Madagascar and Zambia .

Malawi lost all the matches.
He was followed by Ray Batchelor whose first games were two friendly matches against Rhodesia in Salisbury in November 1967, where Overton Mkandawire was the hero by scoring in both the 1-1 draw and 1-0 win.

Batchelor was in charge for four years in which time he led the Flames in 23 friendly and 2 Olympic games. Amongst his players were three future coaches in Henry Moyo, Brian Griffin and Yasin Osman. 
During his absence, whilst on leave, Brian Griffin and Frank Kapito acted on his behalf in six fixtures. After his departure, Jack Evans took over and managed 2 games before Reg Taylor who previously coached Kenya came in.

Malawi coaches starts

Brazilian Wander Moreira took over in January 1975 and by the end of his first year made instant impact after guiding the Flames to the final in their inaugural ECASCC. They lost to Kenya on post penalties after a 2-2 draw.

Almost 2 years later and 34 games to his name, Moreira left and was replaced by another British Ted Powell, who became the most successful coach after leading the Flames to 2 ECASCC victories in 1978 & 1979. He was in charge of 80 games in his five-year tenure.

Alex Masanjala became the first local born coach after he was appointed as an interim coach for matches against Tanzania and Zanzibar in October 1983. Later, the same year, Henry Moyo became the first former national player to coach the Flames and he led the team in 45 five assignments in five years.

Others Ex Flames players who followed Moyo’s path were Yasin Osman and Reuben Malola who both returned for a second term, as well as Jack Chamwangana, Kinnah Phiri, Young Chimodzi and Ernest Mtawali.

Only nine coaches have been in charge for more than 20 games.

Ted Powell was the most successful coach who on top of the two silverwares produced a 51.3% winning record, followed very closely by Henry Moyo (51.1%) and Kim Splidsboel (50%).

But when converted to a points system ( 3pts for a win and 1 for a draw) the same three coaches are top again with Moyo at 63.7%, followed by Powell (57.5%) and Kim with 53.3%.

The duo of Reuben Malola and Mathias Mwenda have a 42.9% winning record .

Ted Powell is the coach with the most games with 80 fixtures, followed by Reuben Malola (74 games) and Kinna Phiri (72 games).

In the Interim category, the trio of Young Chimodzi, Yasin Osman and Ramadan Nzanzuriwimo lead the table with 16 games, and in second place, the duet of Reuben Malola and Mathias Mwenda were in charge for 14 games while Mwenda also took charge of other 13 games.

Compiled by Louis Alec Mario Antoine

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