Kinnah’s Stars pull great comeback against SuperSport: Moves out of relegation zone

Malawian coach Kinnah Phiri’s South African side, Free State Stars, pulled the biggest comeback of the PSL matches played in midweek as they came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 away to SuperSport United on Wednesday evening.

Kinnah: Fight back

Kinnah: Fight back

Stars were 2-0 down in the first 15 minutes but with 10 minutes to go they scored twice to earn a point from the match.

The result saw Free State move out of the relegation zone to 12th position with 19 points from 18 games.

Defender Limbikani Mzava played a full match and was so solid in defence for Bloemfontein Celtic as they frustrated log leaders Kaizer Chiefs to a goalless draw.

Mzava, who was making his eight PSL appearance of the season also saw a yellow card for a foul on Simphiwe Tshabalala.

Mzava’s countryman Gabadinho Mhango did not make it in the Celtic’s match day squad.

Midfielder Robert Ng’ambi was also out of the match day squad for Platinum Stars as they drew 1-all with Mpumalanga Black Aces.

Esau Kanyenda came off the bench to win a last minute free kick for Polokwane City from which they scored the equaliser to draw 1-1 with Ajax Cape Town, who had Robin Ngalande as unused substitute.

On Tuesday Atusaye Nyondo scored his fifth goal of the season to help University of Pretoria beat Chippa United 2-1.

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16 thoughts on “Kinnah’s Stars pull great comeback against SuperSport: Moves out of relegation zone”

  1. A COMMONER says:

    Kinnah Phiri is the coach of FS STARS and if he loses 3 games frm now he will lose the job, already Mr Mokoena is in talks with 3 white coaches who are recycled 4 times. Kinnah pull up your socks b4 it’s too late.

  2. Bibo says:

    Calling Nyondo a star is acceptable by Malawian standards,but at the moment,I don’t see any Malawian player worth being called a star.Football in Malawi has produced players especially in this current generation,who are very inconsistent in performance and who fail to attract attention of international scouts;therefore it is hard to produce stars out of such production.How can a nation expect to emerge with a strong national team with players who can’t even command regular places(with the exception of N’gambi and Nyondo) in a league that hardly has teams that win continental championships in mother Africa?

    Something must be done to change this trend of failing to produce international stars of world recognition.If Ivory-Coast or Ghana can produce stars,why can’t Malawi do it? Stop relying on South Africa or Mozambique as export destinations,they will take Malawi nowhere.It is the result of half-baked agents such a Pondamale (whatever his name is)and others why the great trek to Mozambique or RSA is unstoppable.

    The easiest secret to produce world stars is to establish academies that cater for both academics and football(fully-fledged),attach those academies to youth academies of top European clubs so that youth players from Malawian academies should easily join and assimilate into club academies of Europe.As a result,these young players will master the skills and become full professionals by age 20.This is the trick of Asec Mimosa Academy of Ivory-Coast.I understand Surestream academy in Blantyre has a similar program,but it seems the owners are just singing a song.They have been talking of sending their academy players to European clubs but nothing is a reality yet.Is Surestream devoid of talented youth players who can pass the grade at academies of European clubs? Academies are the bedrock of any major footballing nation’s success and I will not get tired talking about them.

    The short term way of changing Malawi’s fortunes is similar to the exercise Young and Jack are conducting at the moment.Football nowadays is about height and strength.The Malawian super league isn’t satisfying in producing complete players with above attributes hence the failure by the Flames to progress at a higher level.There is need to identify scouts for the national team who have to conduct a mission of identifying physically imposing players(tall and strong) in all districts of the country.I believe rural areas or districts have better players than the ones being paraded by teams in the super league,but they lack exposure and nurturing.In the seventies,the scouting of players in rural areas helped produce a very competitive national team;the likes of Zorro Msiska,Spy Msiska,Kinnah Phiri,and others were a revelation from rural areas that overshadowed renowned urban players.The question is what has happened to such scouting exercises?

    Scouting has to involve what I call the ” sieving method “,meaning to say players have to either be tall and strong or fairly short and stout not tall and weak or short even though fairly talented.An academy like that of Asec Mimosa does the sieving process and this explains the strength of Ivorian players because the bulk of Ivory Coast professional players had the nurturing at Asec academy and then through clubs in Belgium and France.

    FAM,goverment,clubs,and concerned people like us can together reshape Malawi’s football future and reposition the country.Malawi needs academies,a competitive league,and qualified FIFA agents in order to produce star players who can be a pride to the nation.It is my dream to contribute to such an endeavor.

  3. lover of malawi says:

    Its only a draw not a win to worst so much words on. Having 19 points from 18 games is so embarrassing so don’t brag as if he has made a great achievement. Instead lets encourage him

  4. kesterchipala says:

    Kina ndi coach pano abale tiyen tizinyadira anthuwa akitichosa manyaz

  5. Namanyepwanapwa says:

    Kadakwiza , u r not serious why r u mixing things? learn how to comment. don”t change people’s mindset.Nkhani zomwezi za mpira mpaka mukubweretsa nkhani za nepotism? Malawi is one.

  6. Wailing Soul says:

    The writer of this article has got it very wrong. The coach of Free State State Stars is the Belgian Tom Saintfiet who once coached the Malawi National Team. He brought in Kinnah to assist him due to their previous similar relationship while with the Flames. Much as we adore Kinnah being our fellow country man, the story could misguide readers who do not follow soccer extensively. I will give you two simple examples: When Manchester United succeeded under Ferguson in the past few years, it was his name that was highlighted not the assistant, the Portuguese Carlos Quieroz. Secondly, the economic failures of Malawi from 1994 to 2004 are attributed to as the “Muluzi era” not the “Justin Malewezi era”. If it was Mikoko Yogona (Nicholas Mbonera) pa MIJ FM, I would then ask: “Mukuimvetsetsa Nkhaniyo?”

    1. Walling Soul, you got it wrong yourself as well. Its not Free State State staars its Free State Stars

    2. wakumudzi says:

      you got it all wrong brother.saintfeit was fired on 14th November 2014.kinna is now number one coach.don’t comment if you are not sure of the facts

  7. WINB says:

    anyamatawa akabwera kuno samaikapo mtima coz amadziwa kut zivute zitani asewerabe basi by virtue of being a professional.

  8. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Well done!

  9. Kadakwiza says:

    If Kinna Phiri was still Malawi national coach, the Flames could have been in the Brazil world cup as well as well as the just ended 2015 Africa cup of nation. But because he is a northerner that is why he is in South Africa today. All because of nepotism. Serious Malawi is going nowhere. So southerners stay racist while Kinnah is earning South Africa Rands every month until the end of his contract.

  10. Joseph Pakhosi says:

    Malawians in the House! Keep it up Guys for the best work am proud of you all.

  11. Yankeez says:

    Mukuyesetsa aMalawi may You please tranfoam this kind of performance to your lovery National Team!! Cheers!

  12. Bololo Wachitumbuka says:

    Kwaeni ndiye zikukuyendelani koma kwanu kuno zikukuvutan

    1. special advisor says:

      Pa Malawi kunyoza, kaduka, nsanje, kusayamika, kudelera! You see this is a Malawian coach with Malawian boys. Kukanakhala Ku Malawi pakanatuluka ziChewa za quota ndi mbwenumbwenu wachita vichi! We need to sing the National Anthem more. Titemwanenge tawanthu, ndise wamoza.

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