Ernest Mtawali has been appointed as the new head coach of Malawi’s national football team, with Burundian Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan named as his assistant. The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu said Mtawali beat off competition from four other coaches in interviews held on Thursday. Both Mtawali and Ramadhan have signed a one year contract with the option of an extension. 51 year old Mtawali, a former Malawi midfielder, had been temporary coach of the team following the sacking of Young Chimodzi who was dismissed following the Flames’ home defeat to Zimbabwe in their opening qualifying match in Group L for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
England striker Eniola Aluko (sister to Super Eagles forward Sone Aluko) won the English ladies FA cup today. She also won the player of the match award. Her team, Chelsea Ladies won their first major trophy as they beat Notts County 1-0 in the first Women’s FA Cup final ever to be played at Wembley. South Korea striker Ji So-Yunscored from close range in the first half, in front of a record final crowd of 30,710. Leanne Crichton had Notts’ best effort cleared off the line by Chelsea forward Gemma Davison after the break. Aluko created the winner and was outstanding in a deserved win for the Blues.
Manchester United have become the latest club to launch their new kit, the first of a record-breaking deal with Adidas worth £75m a year. United announced the 10-year contract in July 2014 but could not release the kit until a 13-season deal with Nike, worth £23.5m a year, expired. It is the first time Adidas has made United’s strip for 24 years, with the club saying it was a “classic design”.
Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has extended his deal with the club until the end of the 2019-20 season. Aubameyang, 26, had been linked with a move to a number of European clubs including Premier League side Arsenal.The Gabon international, who joined from St Etienne, netted 16 goals in 33 Bundesliga appearances last season. “Every part of me wants to be here and I have never wanted to leave,” he told the club’s website.