Coach Chimodzi says Cosafa boosts for Malawi in Africa Cup of Nations

Malawi coach Young Chimodzi has described the Cosafa Cup as a good learning experience for his team in preparation for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers.

You Go, Flames! Malawi coach Young Chimodzi. Pic: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

You Go, Flames! Malawi coach Young Chimodzi. Pic: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Chimodzi brought a youthful Malawi side with a sprinkling of experience into the tournament and they ended up winning the plate final on Friday with a 1-0 victory over Zambia.

It was the second giant scalp they claimed in the tournament having beaten Bafana Bafana in the plate semifinal. They could have been contesting for the cup instead of the plate had they not conceded two own goals against Mozambique, with the second goal coming in optional time in a match where they were leading 2-1, but ultimately lost on penalties.

“This tournament has given us a good platform to prepare for the Afcon,” Chmodzi said.

“We are going to have a good team, looking at the way we performed here. There is a lot we have learned here, especially keeping concentration for the entire 90 minutes because you can tell the players that all you want. But if it happens to them, that is something that will stay with them for a long time.”

Even though there are some positives for Chimodzi to take forward, there is also the stress of the club-less Limbikani Mzava and Robert Ng’ambi who is nursing an injury.

“We are mindful about that,” Chimodzi said.

“We know that we needed to have a full strength squad here but if something happened to one of them, we needed to have backup. About Mzava, I think it will be sorted out. About Ng’ambi’s injury, we’ve got the youngsters who have helped us in this tournament.”

Chimodzi has to overcome Guinea, Zimbabwe and Swaziland in the Afcon qualifiers that start next month. The Flames can only guarantee a place at the Afcon finals for the third time in their history if they finish top of Group L.–The Citizen SA

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16 thoughts on “Coach Chimodzi says Cosafa boosts for Malawi in Africa Cup of Nations”

  1. thamby says:

    let as beef up the team with some experience players ,in AFCON ,most games were decided on post match penalties,we should try to kill the games ,don`t rely on penalties.and the defenders needs some attention .Number 5 too much blunders that will cost already won games.

  2. well done boys for beating the xnophobic guys and the dead chipolopolo

  3. Njanji says:

    Thanks Boyz For Plate Is Better

  4. Timothy Mtenga says:

    Wel done i blive one dy u wil win de cup not plate

  5. Thomson Phenduka mwandira says:

    The team is strong,hopefully we will guarantee a place to the afcon!

  6. Alex kapanga says:

    Well done boys for beating both Zambia & Ma Joni

  7. MM says:

    Teach strikers to be aggressive always, learn from Esau Kanyenda. Try George Nyirenda in defence enawa too many blunders.

  8. soman says:

    Mukati (plate final) what ar u trying to say? Plz ndiuzeni bwino.anyway, welldone boyz.

  9. I can’t crap hands for mediocrity, i would like to see a proof beyond a reasonable doubt that their performance has improved,I wasn’t impressed with the winning goal

  10. James Mkoko says:

    Sindikutha kumvetsa chimene mukutathauza kuti Malawi yawina kodi yawina Cup kapena Zambia or {The best LOSER Team in Cosafa?}

  11. nganga says:

    Job well done yc

  12. Hardson says:

    Try to train the guys ball control it has been a problem through out the tournament. But all the same you have done us proud by beating pompous Baf. Baf. And Chipolopolo. As for players, keep it up and thank to Zico Mkanda that was good hence a saying “not yet failed until I stop trying”.

  13. Malawian says:

    I quited washing Flame game’s. Since it was disappointing. Keep it up. Remember it’s just a start.

  14. Kadakwiza says:

    Everything is possible, we can qualify for the Afcon. During Cosafa tournament Malawi played very well.

  15. Dalie Leslie says:

    i dont celebrate leftovers

  16. ba fipuli says:

    You are feeble YC the job is too big for u. Seems u are faint hearted, we dont want to lose in your prime.

    MWANKOLE

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