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Last Updated: Friday, 2 February 2007, 17:05 GMT
Constantine named as Malawi coach
By Aubrey Sumbuleta
BBC Sport, Blantyre

Arsene Wenger (left) and Stephen Constantine
Constantine (right) coached the English side Millwall

Malawi have named Englishman Stephen Constantine as coach of their national team.

The 44-year-old will replace German Burkhard Ziese, who was sacked in August for gross indiscipline.

Sports Minister Jaffalie Mussa confirmed to the BBC Sport that the Englishman will take charge of the Flames next month.

"Following the recommendations from the interviewing panel, I am pleased to announce Mr Constantine as the country's next football coach," he said.

"The recommendations say Constantine is a highly qualified coach who is expected to improve soccer standards in the country."

Constantine will sign a three-year contract, and gets the job ahead of Brazilian Carlos Alberto da Luz, who was on the two-man shortlist.

"The interviews were thorough and meticulous," Malawi FA president Walter Nyamirandu Manda told BBC Sport.

Constantine is expected to take up the post on 1 March.

His first official assignment is in August when the Flames host Morocco in a Group 12 African Nations Cup qualifier.

Constantine led India to win their first major trophy outside the subcontinent when they clinched the LG Cup in Vietnam in 2002.

He also had a two-year spell as head coach of Nepal's national team before coaching the English Championship side Millwall in 2005.

Having gained a Uefa professional licence, an FA Psychology Award and an FA Coach Educator's Certificate, Constantine is one of the highest-qualified coaches England has to offer.

SEE ALSO
Constantine's rising stock
19 Nov 03 |  Football
Passage from India
14 Dec 05 |  Millwall
Two in frame for Malawi job
19 Jan 07 |  African


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