Despite his contract not being renewed as Malawi National Soccer team head coach, Ronny Van Geneugden has not stopped rendering support to the country’s sports sector.
On Monday, the Belgian expatriate coach, whose contract with the Flames expired last month, amid poor results, donated football jerseys worth about K200,000 to Chichiri Prison football club.
Presenting the donation on behalf of RVG, who is currently in Belgium, Malawi Under-20 national football team manager, Aubrey Nankhuni, said the two years that the Belgian coach spent in the country has made him realize challenges that the country’s clubs face hence the gesture.
Nankhuni said: “RVG has a heart to support the country and not only in sports category as you are aware recently he also donated to the flood victims in Nsanje, and this is not all as he has promised to continue rendering more support and in few days’ time southern region referees are expected to benefit.
He said the decision to donate to Chichiri prison was reached after the prison officials told him the challenges faced by the team and in turn he (Nankhuni) presented the matter to RVG.
Commenting on the gesture, team manager for Chichiri Prison football club, Sammy Kachepa said he is overwhelmed by the donation saying his team is facing many challenges and the donation will minimize some of them.
“We are also lacking training materials such as corns, beeps, and our ground has no goal posts and nets a development which negatively affects the performance of the team.”
Kachepa added that the team also faces hiccups when they have away assignments due to challenges of transport and fuel as the team depends on well-wishers.
Meanwhile Nankhuni has revealed that during the Junior Flames trip to Belgium where the team went to play friendly matches in preparation for the joint 2020 Olympic and Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations [Afcon] qualifiers game against Zambia, their technical panel met the Belgian stakeholders who promised to provide more support to Malawi.