Coach Chimodzi positive despite Malawi flop: Nigeria fail to qualify for Africa finals

  • Nigeria held to 2-2 draw by South Africa

  • Bafana Bafana and Congo qualify for E. Guinea

  • DR Congo qualify as best third-placed finisher

Head coach for Malawi, Young Chimodzi on Wednesday picked positives in the campaign for the Flames in Africa Cup of Nations despite losing a qualification ticket to the 2015 finals  in Equatorial Guinea after from Group B.

Chimodzi:  We did our best under prevailing circumstances

Chimodzi: We did our best under prevailing circumstances

In Wednesday’s final round of matches, Malawi and Ethiopia drew 0-0 – a result that ended both sides’ chances of making it to the final.

Mali made it through to the finals with a 2-0 win over Algeria, who had already won the group and booked their place.

“Today, we had a bad game, but we created the chances. Unfortunately, we did not utilize them. This is football. I know that people are worried and as a team, we are also supposed to be worried, but this is a good team for the future,” Chimodzi told Ethiopia media.

“We have had bad performances and good performances along the way and we learnt our lessons. Today, we were playing at high altitude, sometimes breathing was a problem for some of the players, but it is just an excuse. We should have won the game,” he said.

Malawi, who finished the group on seven points after two wins, a draw and three defeats, last qualified for Afcon in 2010.

Meanwhile, defending champions Nigeria have failed to qualify for the 2015 African Cup of Nations after drawing 2-2 with South Africa on Wednesday.

The Super Eagles needed to better Congo’s result to make it through from Group A but went 2-0 down in Uyo after two goals from  Tokeo Rantie before battling back to earn a point through two late goals from Sone Aluko.

The top two teams in each of the seven groups qualified plus the best third-placed finisher, which was the Democratic Republic of Congo

 

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30 thoughts on “Coach Chimodzi positive despite Malawi flop: Nigeria fail to qualify for Africa finals”

  1. Bristol says:

    All the best our coach. you have tried as coaching panel amidst challenges mainly funding. Kinna Phiri was not supported and you also faced the same scenario. At least now, the corporate world did invest in Flames by funding for the trip to Ethiopia. There is next time when you shall continue to do better.

  2. Zachisoni Phiri says:

    Thanks ma flames u performed better.

  3. zak says:

    The future is there though with not the same squad but still it will be called Malawi.no reason to talk bad of the govt here.ngati muli a chipani chinacho zanu izo.if malawi falls we will fall together including u

  4. BEN says:

    WOZA MAFLAMES DONT LOOSE HOPE NEXT TIME IT WILLBE US TAKINGTHE TITTLE OF AFCON.DONT THINK ITS TOO LATE.JUST CHERISH ON MEANINGFUL TRAINING AND AIM HIGH

  5. YOKWIYA says:

    Which future bwana? Some players are old. Anong’a, Kanyenda, Kamwendo are about to hang their boots. Which future are we talking about? With which government.? The present government is not interested in sports, especially football. With the recent performance do you think there will be political will to sponsor the game again? Forget it!! Moreover the Kwacha is slipping from their hands so fast. Soon the coffers will run dry. Just sit back, groom new players and wait for 2019.

  6. DANIEL PHIRI says:

    WELL DONE FLAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YOU DID YOUR BEST. GOVERNMENT ABD CORPORATES, PLEASE LETS SUPPORT THE TEAM IN GOOD TIME NOT WAIT FOR THE TEAM TO WIN A GAME AND FUND IT. THIS IS OUR TEAM, THERE WILL ALWAYS BE ONE FLAMES. AS FOR COACHES, YOU HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE BUT YOU SHOULD ALSO LISTEN TO OTHERS AS WAS WITH THE INCLUSION OF THE VETERANS. OTHERWISE NOT SO BAD PERFORMANCE, WE WERE GROUP WITH SOME OF THE BEST TEAMS IN AFRICA.

  7. Chikopa says:

    One zero we could have gone through DRC is through with one point we have gone with goal differance

  8. Gongoni says:

    In big taurnaments like these you make use of experienced players. This group was average and not tough,surely Malawi would have qualified to the finals! We would have beaten Algeria at Kamuzu Stadium. On Malawi side it was very poor preparations coupled by ever lack of funds by FAM,shortsightedness of coaches by not calling experienced players and unwillingness on the part of Government to fund the team! Let alone funding Nyakwawas and Gulewamkulus to USA! Oh! How i miss KAMUZU BANDA! The team would have gone to United Kingdom for camping.

  9. Old APM says:

    The coaching panel and the entire team should be maintained and give them enough friendlies to prepare for AFCON 2017

  10. The fact of the story is we musnt wait for the things to come to worse it will be always difficult for us to go further

  11. Shasha says:

    I entirely agree with comment number one. The inclusion of Fischer and Kanyenda was done when the ground was already too slipperly. If these guys were available during the time we played Algeria and Mali (away), definitely, we would have obtained another 4 points and by now we would have accumulated 11 points thereby automatically qualify. What has happened is likened to starting taking ARVs when one’s immune system is already at its lowest ebb. Lets hope that this is a lesson to coaches and authorities concerned.

  12. ondira says:

    kumaliza kwabwino. Takunyadirani. Improvement is there Malawi kuwina kwa Mali, and a draw away from home. Next time osazankwefula the way we did ndi Algeria.

  13. Mpha Mnjonja says:

    Sometimes it is not how you failed, but how you will stand up strongly and succeed. Positive results towards the end of the qualifiers though. I think it is important to maintain the team as a basis of uniformity and consistency. Yes we made mistakes and in making them we have learnt and in learning we shall come back strongly. You have shown that even working on the smallest budget, a strategy can still be achieved with maximum effort. I was looking at the third finishers. We are not bad at all considering our financial position. we have Egypt Below us on 6 points. Nigeria as one of the power houses with abundance of resources is on 8 points. We are on 7. realistically, not bad at all.

    1. Long Time Flames Supporter says:

      That is a good observation. It actually was not all negative even though we perpertually face challenges of late camping and hardly any strength testing matches due to lack of funds (which I hope will no longer be a problem with interest from private sector to assist). In the seventies and eighties, the team also faced money issues even though not to the scale of today. And that time our local clubs were very strong so the Flames would play strength testing games against one of the local clubs who were not contributing many players to the national team and they (national team) would be given enough test. But occassionally, when things were better, the powers that be would also send the national team to England for strength testing marches against second or third division teams in that country. Currently, Flames biggest problem is finishing.

  14. anduna says:

    That,s the flames which I know they can,t do better without good preparations

  15. Piper says:

    Malawi far too often rely on other teams’ results instead of doing the the right thing…. Win your own games!!! Then nothing else matters!! Simples.

  16. kachimwa says:

    The problem is not coaching panel the problem is with Malawi Government,imagin how many days did the team train,only 5 days and you expect the team to do wonders,noway unless government starts pumping enough resouces our team will start doing well.Guys welldone youtried

  17. Msendekere says:

    As long as Mali beat Algeria, the chances for Malawi were very difficult, even if we had beaten Ethiopia. This is because if we too had won, Malawi and Mali would have competed on goal difference. Even before kick off of these last games, the goal difference between Malawi and Mali was +4 in favour of Mali. This meant we had to beat Algeria by enough goals to turn the goal difference in our favour and that was next to impossible. So our chances heavily depended on Algeria beating Mali and us getting a draw or a win in Addis Abbaba. And Algeria had already qualified even before kick off of these last group games, cementing their position as number one in the group so they did not have to sweat for a win, risking their key players to injury. For Flames, the good thing is that they have shown great potential to go forward. We just need to work on our finishing to ensure that our chances to qualify in competitions do not depend on results elsewhere.

    1. Msendekere says:

      Sorry the phrase ‘we had to beat Algeria by enough goals…..’ should have read ‘we had to beat Ethiopia by enough goals……’

  18. "NATIVE OF NOWHERE" says:

    No need of sympathy here, the Flames hv lost and we dont hv the quality of players 2 do the job. Young and Jack strat cleaning ur shelves, its over 4 u.

  19. Patriot says:

    Musabwerenso kuno, mungo pempha ASYLUM konko mbuzi za mano kunsi

  20. harrinya says:

    nonse muimbidwa mlandu wa cashgate…mpaka draw ndi ethiopia…?

  21. golden eye says:

    We had the chances but the same old song “NEXT TIME” kumangoyesa basi this is REAL osati Tayesesa there is no best loser in a competition. The Winner takes it ALL.

  22. Simie says:

    Flames will not go far with this useless chimodzi….where did he got his coaching skills by the way??

  23. kamatchick says:

    I knew it dat flames will not make it

  24. Munthu wa Mulungu says:

    The problem with us is that we say the team is good for the future, but come next time it won’t be the same team. It will be totally a different one. Let’s learn to maintain the team. Otherwise, mwayesetsa a coach. Tisaiwale kuti camp training inali ya 5 days yokha, pomwe anzathu anali ndi nthawi yokwanira.

    1. Simie says:

      What are talking about n can u see any future here?? You just useless like him!!

  25. dopababi shopa says:

    Bad luck Young! The end of the road to Guine. There is always next time.

  26. big boy says:

    What is he positive of?

  27. shoes says:

    Chimodzi and your technical panel you are shite…. Its typical Malawi syndrome you want to use good players when you are struggling. If you used the likes of Fischer and Kanyenda at the beginning we would have qualified but you was opted to used Young Chimodzi jr and Chiukepo, come on you know these likes of players are useless. If you change your mentality thats when Malawi will perform not with akalongosese alipowa ndipo wandinyasa

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