Former Malawi National Football team forward Esau ‘Black mamba’ Kanyenda has backed Malawi’s all-time leading scorer Kinnah Phiri that he is best placed for the role of Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Technical Director (TD) which falls vacant the end of the month of June.
The current TD John Kaputa who has served as Fam’s TD for several terms asked the country’s Football Association not to renew his contract when it expires June month end.
The former Flames head coach is among 11 interested candidates who have applied for the TD position at Fam, with the FA’s General Secretary Alfred Gunda confirming that they have received applications from both local and international coaches.
However, local coaches are disadvantaged as Fam through its advertisement of the TD post indicated that it is looking for a Pro-Football License holder with a degree in sports management.
But former Dwasco and Mighty Wanderers forward Esau ‘Black mamba’ Kanyenda said Kinnah ‘Electric the Special one’ Phiri is the rifght candidate for the position of Fam’s TD.
Kanyenda said Kinnah Phiri is the most successful football in Malawi.
“Kinnah Phiri is probably Malawi’s most successful player and coach, all-time leading scorer, only local coach to reach Champions League group stages, among only three coaches to steer the Flames to Afcon,” said Kanyenda.
According to Kanyenda, Kinnah has groomed many players and has what it takes to serve as Fam’s TD.
“He graduated from school of football, played at the top level in Malawi and has coached in Eswatini, Botswana, Tanzania and South Africa. He has groomed many players, has the papers, experience and technical knowledge to serve as TD at Fam,” said Kanyenda.
One of the country’s Football consultant Kelvin Moyo earlier said chances for Fam to recruit services of a local coach on the TD post are very minimal looking at the requirements, which he said clearly indicates that Fam has already made up its mind to recruit an international coach.
Kinnah Phiri who holds a Caf A license became the second Flames coach to guide Malawi Football National Team to African Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals in Angola.