The Football Association of Malawi President Walter Nyamilandu has revealed that the Association have agreed a one year deal with the Flames Head of Technical Panel, Mario Marian Marinica.

However, the Association boss said the two parties are yet to put pen on paper.

“The negotiations are done and dusted,” said Nyamilandu.
“What remains is just paper work, otherwise we are done with the negotiations.

“In principle, we have agreed on one-year Contract,” added The President.

Nyamilandu said in an interview that the Association has set 2023 African Cup of Nations and African Nations Championship qualifications as the targets for the 58-year-old Romanian tactician.

“The duration is enough for him to implement his plans. We are linking it to his performance in Afcon, Chan and Cosafa.

“Qualifications for Afcon is a must. Our target is to retain the Afcin glory. We cannot afford to miss the opportunity.

“Memories are still fresh of how we excelled at the previous Afcon finals in Cameroon and if we accumulate the success it will be fantastic,” said Nyamilandu.

Nyamilandu said Flames, with Mario’s Philosophy, are ready to defy the odds and sail through the African Nations Championship, Chan that they have never qualified in their six previous attempts.

He said, “This depends on the depth and quality of local players which has been exposed for a long time, but we are hoping to turn it around with Mario’s philosophy.”

Asked about his expectations on Flames, the Gaffer said, “I have no expectations as unmet expectations lead to bitter disappointments. You also not get the joy of an achievement as you just expected that to happen.”

Mario Marian Marinica was initially roped in as a technical director, but the Football governing body executive Committee hired him as Flames mentor on permanent basis having been impressed with his performance when he, temporarily, took the helm at the delayed 2021 Afcon finals in Cameroon where the Flames reached its first-ever round 16 stage.

The Romanian will his effort to get another deal after the expiry of the current one with a home game against Ethiopia’s Walyas at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on Sunday.

He has Guinea, Egypt on his way to 2023 Ivory Coast African Cup of Nations.

In African Nations Championship the Flames have drawn against Zimbabwe in the preliminary round, thereafter, they will face either Zambia or Mozambique to qualify for the Finals in Algeria should they overcome Zimbabwe.

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