Malawi national team coach Young Chimodzi hailed his troops for their ‘character and mentality’ after they pruned Ethiopia 3-2 in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers on Wednesday at Kamuzu Stadium.
Malawi came into the match bruised and gutted after 2-0 loss to Mali over the weekend, but forgot the heartbreak to seal an important win.
Atusaye Nyondo scored a brace, one on either side of the Ethiopian goal while super substitute Frank Banda netted the third goal.
“I just want to salute my players for the character and mentality they brought into the second half,” Chimodzi told Nyasa Times. “It was just awesome.”
Chimodzi said he told the players never to show too much respect to Ethiopia , and needed to impose their own game on the visitors.
But in the end, he said, the players’ determination saw them through, “before the game, I told them not to show too much respect to them.
“They are a good team but we need to be ourselves, we needed to be us. I told them I wanted to see the same character we showed against Benin.”
Flames captain Joseph Kamwendo felt the team’s victory over Ethiopia was evidence of the belligerent spirit in the camp.
“There was a lot of talk about needing the result for a few different reasons, for the coach and showing we could fight and I think we did that,” said Kamwendo.
“It will give us a boost for the rest of the games now, we can move forward with confidence.
“It was a long game, it’s never easy but it’s a good win.”
The win moved the Flames, who lost 2-0 in Mali on Sunday, off the bottom of the Group to third with three points at par with the second placed Eagles who fell 1-0 in Algeria. Ethiopia dropped to the bottom with no points from two games.
Next match for Malawi are the table topping Algerians, a match Chimodzi admitted will be tough on the weekend of October 10.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :