FINALLY after rumours, Bullets coach Eddington Ng'onamo has been named as Malawi national team coach replacing fired or is it demoted Kinnah Phiri.
Well, congratulations are in order. Though Ng'onamo earlier said he would not be comfortable on the head coach position but rather on the technical director post, I don't see him turning down the job.
Now the big question is whether he is up to the task that is at hand.
Well, that's what we are going to find out in the next six months as he leads the Flames in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
Although chances are really slim for the Flames to qualify after drawing in the first legs, winning the rest of the games is the key to the new coach's success.
But that will not be as easy as it seems. It will be a hell of a job. Ng'onamo inherits a team that is at its worst.
If it was a patient, we would say Ng'onamo is a doctor who has been called in when the patient is on life support.
He inherits a team with up and coming players who have barely five caps with the national team and a horde of old legs that immediately needs replacing.
He has a task of using these players to produce immediate results in the World Cup qualifiers in order to sat¬isfy difficult-to-please foot¬ball loving Malawians and his bosses who want nothing less than victory.
Unfortunately, comparison will also be drawn between him and his predecessor Kinnah.
And above all, not every¬one both within and outside Fam is happy with his appointment and some will work tirelessly to bring him down! That's Malawi football!
The dilemma Ng'onamo has is whether to use the team which Kinnah has left behind or to make some drastic changes in the squad.
If I were Ng'onamo, I would stick to the team that is already there and try to bring in some players that Kinnah left out for reasons best known to himself.
This is no time to start building a new team. That's completely impossible.
He has been employed to lead Malawi in the next four World Cup fixtures and of course the Cosafa Cup in July/June if possible, which gives him no room to implement long term plans to fix things.
But I am an optimist. Ng'onamo as caretaker coach can produce wonders.
If there is one thing that the former technical director is good at, then it is rescue mis¬sions.
He did at Wanderers and he has just done it at Bullets FC.
That is why he is often called in Denmark for short stints to help out teams that are facing problems.
But should he fail to achieve this with the Flames, I hope he will be spared from unnecessary criticism.
As for his assistants Patrick Mabedi and Ernest Mtawali, we all know that these two are still learning and the only rea¬son they have been drafted in as Ng'onamo's assistants is to make sure they understudy the experienced mentor.
As indicated earlier by Fifa experts, the problem with Ma¬lawi football is not about the coach.
It's about the system which needs a complete overhaul. And I hope as we hire and fire coaches, who in my opinion contribute only 50 percent to the success or failure of the Flames, let's bear this in mind.