The Malawi Football team have ended their long wait to qualify in the Africa Cup of Nations finals after a 1-0 win over Uganda.
The Flames’ first AFCON qualification since 2010 was confirmed on Monday afternoon at Kamuzu Stadium when Richard Mbulu’s lone strike ensured Flames a place at the 2022 Cameroon AFCON finals.
Meke Mwase whose contract expired earlier this year has the record by becoming the third coach to guide Malawi to AFCON finals.
During post match interview Mwase was asked if he is ready to stay and he responded: “I think I have fulfilled my assignment now it’s up to my bosses to decide whether to keep me or not.”
But the good news for the former TN Stars mentor is that Football Association of Malawi President, Walter Nyamilandu, has hinted that Mwase will be offered a new contract.
Nyamilandu said he is pleased with the progress Flames have made under Mwase and made it clear that Mwase has earned contract extension.
“He is a hero! Last time when we qualified was through Kinnah Phiri. We brought in expatriate coaches and never made it, but Mwase learnt very quickly from the last expatriate coach we had. He built a fantastic team, very resilient and he is open to ideas so we will be very stupid to dismantle the fantastic team we have built today. Let me assure you that he is staying and he has earned his contract today.”
By Erik Chiputula