Football Association of Malawi has said it has no money to hire an expatriate coach let alone a local coach after exhausting its annual allocation from government.
Fam president Walter Nyamilandu said the association has since shelved plans to hire a new coach for the Flames until money is available.
The president said that the position would remain vacant.
“For now I am not too sure whether we will be able to afford an expatriate coach or whether we will be able to find a capable local coach,” Nyamilandu said.
“We do not have the money now and what would determine the outcome is how much money we have. The money that is available is currently being used to pay former national coach Kinnah Phiri and his team.
“The rest of the funding for the national team for this year has been exhausted so we cannot afford now to hire a national coach or let alone hire interim coaches.”
Saintfiet was appointed coach on July 5 with the mission to beat Nigeria in World Cup qualifier as Malawi eyed first ever qualification.
During his stay he lost to Angola and Zimbabwe at Cosafa and beat Rwanda in an international friendly and lost to Botswana in a training match before the World Cup qualifier 2-0 loss to Nigeria.
“I never was here to win many games. I was here to win one game (on Saturday) against Nigeria and that was the only goal. I don’t feel any pressure because (the Football Association of Malawi) had an agreement till midnight on Saturday,” he said.
But later the coach would say he did not mean that he was not interested in Malawi national team coach job.
“From Sunday morning, I have no agreement with the federation and that was clear so I am a professional coach and my future? That we will see in the coming weeks but I am not worried about that,” Saintfiet said at the post-match press conference.