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Wednesday, 27 November, 2002, 14:25 GMT
Splidsboel heads home
Danish coach Kim Splidsboel
Splidsboel will now listen to other offers
Malawi coach Kim Splidsboel has decided to pack his bags and head back to Denmark after the government failed to offer him a new deal.

Splidsboel had warned he would start talks with other clubs unless his two-year contract, which expires in December, was renewed.

The Malawi Sports Ministry insisted it wanted the Dane to stay, but has been unable to find the $13,000 a month salary requested by Splidsboel.

"There is nothing coming up," said Splidsboel. "I fully understand the economic situation in the country.


I'm looking at my future because after January I'll have no job so I have to move on
Kim Splidsboel

"I know that government is struggling financially not only to source funds for my contract but also other serious issues.

"We are now packing our bags ready to kiss Malawi goodbye next month but I have no bad feelings although I would have loved to stay on for another two years."

Since Splidsboel's arrival in 2000, the team have moved up 25 places in the Fifa rankings, breaking into the top 100 for the first time in over a decade.

The Flames coach also guided Malawi to an historic Cosafa Castle Cup final appearance earlier this year, leading to calls for his services to be retained.

However, the Dane has not heard back from the Malawi Sports Ministry.

He added: "I gave them a month to sort out everything and then there was a grace period and still nothing has come up.

"Sometimes such things happen. I'm looking at my future because after January I'll have no job so I have to move on and Malawi football has to move on with a new coach."

The Malawi national team face a period of uncertainty now, which will not help their preparation for next year's Africa Nations Cup group qualifiers against Nigeria and Angola.

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