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Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 August 2005, 16:38 GMT 17:38 UK
Malawians select caretaker coach
By Aubrey Sumbuleta
BBC Sport, Blantyre

Kinnah Phiri
Kinnah Phiri was one of the two coaches sacked last month
The Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has named England's Michael Hennigan as caretaker coach for the national team.

This appointment lasts until a permanent national coach is found for the Flames.

Hennigan will be assisted by two former Malawi internationals, Young Chimodzi and Ernest Mtawali.

The decision follows the firing of former local coaches Yassin Osman and Kinnah Phiri last month.

Fam president Walter Nyamirandu Manda said his association selected Hennigan after receiving recommendations from England's FA.

"He is an impressive coach after working with the FA for a long time," Manda told BBC Sport.

Hennigan has been one of the FA's leading instructors, conducting coaching developmental programmes for the organisation.

He has also been youth coach for Rotherham United, a lower league side in England.

Nyamirandu said the new coach is expected to start his contract, which is for between three to four months, early next month.

"We want him to take charge of our two remaining World Cup qualifiers and to train the under-20's for December's Cosafa tournament," he said.

Manda said Hennigan's main task will be to identify talent that can be used by an expatriate coach who Fam intend to recruit later this year.

Malawian officials have revealed the names of six foreign coaches short-listed for the Flames' coaching job.

Denmark's former Malawi coach Kim Splidsboel is named as are Germany's Burkhard Ziese and the Brazilian Baddo Viera.

A Russian, Viktor Bondarenko, and two English coaches, Eddie May and Jason Whitch, make up the list.

Fam says it intends to recruit an expatriate coach after receiving permission from the government to do so.

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