Malawi coach Chimodzi hails veterans: Algeria’s win over Ethiopia boosts Flames

Head coach Chimodzi (left) with his assistants Jack Chamangwana and Franco Ndawa.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Head coach Chimodzi (left) with his assistants Jack Chamangwana and Franco Ndawa.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Jubilant Flames celebrate important victory.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Jubilant Flames celebrate important victory.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Malawi fans cheered the team in its coach.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Malawi fans cheered the team in its coach.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Indeed, it came to pass

Indeed, it came to pass

Malawi national team coach Young Chimodzi hailed his players especially two experienced players Esau Kanyenda and Fischer Kondowe for spearheading the Flames  to beat Mali  2-0  in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers encounter on Saturday at Kamuzu Stadium.

The Flames win kept  alive the hopes of qualification.

Robert Ng’ambi and Esau Kanyenda scored the goals for Malawi, who are now level on points with Mali, with only one game left to play.

Table-toppers Algeria have already qualified and beat bottom side Ethiopia 3-1 on Saturday evening.

“As it is, the fight for the remaining slot in the group is still open to the remaining three teams and we have to fight for a win in our last match.

“I am so proud of what my players did in this game especially the experience of Kanyenda and Kondowe helped us a lot,” said Chimodzi.

“They played well and concentrated on the job. They have so much potential and l was impressed with their hard working spirit.”

Chimodzi  added: “When I came on board a year and a half ago my dream was to make Malawians happy that they could have a very good team they could be proud of.

“We are not there yet but we are in the process and I am happy about that.”

The Flames took a 65th minute lead after Ng’ambi’s shot deflected off his captain Joseph Kamwendo and looped over Mali’s Sissoko and into the net.

Kamwendo came close to doubling the lead seven minute later, but his free kick was well saved by Sissoko.

The win was sealed in the 86th minute when Kanyenda was rewarded for his hard work with a headed goal after a cross from  John Lanjesi in the right flank.

“You don’t want to know what was going on in my head five minutes from the end,” said the
Malawi coach.

“So many things were going through my head but I was keeping the faith.”

Chimodzi was under huge pressure to win the match after losing to Algeria in the previous match.

Malawians had been scathing of his decision to leave established players like Fischer Kondowe  and Esau Kanyenda out of the squad in favour of younger, inexperienced players.

Walter Nyamilandu, Football Association of Malawi president said it was “great performance” for Chimodzi charges.

Malawi now head to Ethiopia on Wednesday in search of win to qualify ahead of next year’s showpiece in Equatorial Guinea.

Skipper Joseph Kamwendo has vowed that the players will ” fight for every inch of the way.”

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40 thoughts on “Malawi coach Chimodzi hails veterans: Algeria’s win over Ethiopia boosts Flames”

  1. redhouane says:

    Algeria never relax we need the 3point of Mali the score
    Mali 1 Algeria 3

  2. Freck Malunga says:

    Big up Flames

  3. cbk says:

    kodi nduna yamasewelo inaliko?ndinachoka ndinangonyadila kuti tawina.ndiye amamva bwanji?

  4. clement says:

    Too late to recall Esau,this guy is so dangerous ever.Next time look when he is in possession with the ball, he always give defenders tough time coz he go straight to defenders at the same time he creates chances to others.Big up Black Mamba for your grand fight.Lastly,I would like to appeal to the gvt to construct new stadium Blantyre the home of everything.

  5. kungoluza ya ethiopia nde kut nanu team yakuthelan muyendele yanu ma coach nonse

  6. elic says:

    let us beat ETHIOPIA if we fail we have ourselves to blame that is the easiest team of all and you never know Mali can pull a surprise against ALGERIA or even Algeria relaxing because they have already qualified and if a chance a rises let us score more goals because these will matter on wedsday evening all the best flames

    1. gazelle_dz says:

      Not to worry eclic…. Les Fennecs will not be anything but vigilant against Mali…we know them well as they know us well. Ethiopia will be on guard as well because they want to qualify too. Good luck to Malawi!

      Algeria’s Fennecs are indeed qualified, but we cannot be over-c0onfident. We want just to win the AFCON as a farewell gesture to our beloved Madjid Bougherra who leaves international duty after February 8th 2015 with 68 caps and ten years of excellent service to FAF, thhe Fennecs and Algeria’s kids..

  7. fack says:

    chi big hug 2 chimodzi & all flames players

  8. Umunthu says:

    Goodall Gondwe said there’s no money for the flames, Credit should go to Aitel, tnm, NB. FAM but not govt. Malawi govt wanted FAM to withdraw from the race. Tisamvetu kuti mukubamo paja akanganya inu mulibe nazo

  9. Joe says:

    well done Flames

  10. Bwande says:

    Flames Woye ,a Mali Musova.

  11. Mphwache wa Bingu says:

    The coach was supposed to substitute Fisher soon after first half. His looked looked heavy and was mostly outpaced

    1. nyerere says:

      @ 26
      The coach was suppose to substitute ur father for fisher kuti akanyenge mayi ako . Full stop . Usatinyatse apa for fisher did a good job from the word go to the final whistle..

      1. kaya says:

        INU inu A bwana a ficha asamasewere 90 minutes

  12. John says:

    There is one player left unrecognised but very promising and can help crosses in the left wing, try Ian Chinyama of Bullets, you will not regret.

    Please lets qualify we have everything in our players to qualify, the problem is identifying the best and use them..

  13. Happening boy says:

    I thank God for this big relief on Water and his charges, he has proved a point. Let our government through the sports minister know that Malawi loves football than any other sport or activity but political will is desired in as far as funding is concerned. Learn to appreciate the necessity. If the flames withdrew, the shame could have been on the whole country but this present president can’t see this with his team. Obama we expect you to behave noise noise making, we know dpp led government has no clue any government move but it is proper to consider the much liked events of the nation. You can fail to stabalise the economy as Goodal is still persuading and cheating the IMF and WB but don’t fail football and you need not to be angry it is your responsibility. To Water, Young and Jack plus your charges, this is what Malawi want and I ask God to guide you so that you qualify to the EG finals, we have the talent but not the resources and political will. Pleyers, am proud of you as a Malawian, just keep your heads up, you can do it. I salute you all the supporters that thronged to Kamuzu stadium, that was nice and spectacular. Big up.

  14. godobaman says:

    mesa unkasiya fisher iwe lero bwanji magoti

  15. abraham says:

    Cross inachokera kwa jonh lanjesi not kondowe

  16. Chuck Kamwendo says:

    We,re All Behind U Guyz!Keep The Fire Burning! Ndikumva Kukoma! Bravo Ma Flamez!!

  17. Peter Benga says:

    Lero mwaona the potential of aka jah man and his counterpart kanyenda.Dont hate players without valid reasons akuluakulu ndimdambo modzimira moto

  18. Congrats flames but dont relax coz its not yet over,beat the rasterz

  19. chishimba says:

    good performance guys,we need that spirit in etiopia in rasta as we used to call it,fight fight ulesi ai,back home this is the time to pray that we shd by all means win,that algeria must beat mali,then we will be through

  20. Dambu says:

    Good job boys. Big up veterans and finish off the job on Wednesday. Ana achepa awa!!

  21. o says:

    For once I hail the flames

  22. charles mughogho says:

    Thanx 2 the pannel for the victory against mali,but take this,should we qualify for afcon finals dig deeper 2 even recalling russel mwafulira?we need such players in the caliber of russel,esau,chiukepo and gusten as strikers?the likes of atusaye,gaba,robin yes they are equally good but they should learn first from veterans.

  23. Dr. Mango says:

    Congrats Flames!! God Bless Our Nation so that we qualify for AFCON.

  24. Alick banda says:

    Well done flames ,we are happy in s.africa

  25. Chimango Mnyenyembe says:

    Bravo frames

  26. Sapota says:

    Tonse omwe tinaonera mpira uja tinaona bwino lomwe kuti Fischer laid it up for Lanjesi who delivered the cross for Kanyenda’s header. Make no mistake, Fischer had a grand game though he was jittery on one or two occasions. Go Flames Go!

  27. Wanex banda says:

    Gud move

  28. Patriotic says:

    the battle for place is now between malawi and mali

  29. ibrahim makwati says:

    Go well to Ethiopia finish your job then came back home in GOOD WITH GOD

  30. Simie says:

    Congratulations kumeneko ndiye kubela….u can do it!!

  31. Mbolo Sidwala! says:

    Any word frm govnt? Or ali ndi nkhawa zoti the more the Flames progress the more they wll be asked for money! Shame on them!

  32. It is good Young Chimodzi listened to the voices of the people to recall Esau and Fitcher. I am told Russel is also reviving his form in Denmark. Do not leave him out as we proceed to EG next year. Remember it was Russell who scored the first goal against Algeria in 2010 in Angola. Bravo

  33. We need people of this calibre like khondowe and kanyenda in our team. People who refuses to die even if things are hard. But yesterday our boys were incredible. They had a very outstanding performance against one of the big names in africa. Flames keep the fire burning in Ethiopia

  34. Eliya Chimtengo says:

    kusamva Young and his crew.

  35. Richard kamasula says:

    Malawi ya moto yaotcha Mali

  36. Kaya says:

    team yosankha okha a Malawi ndi yomwe yawina.Chimodzi ndi Nyamilandu asatinamize chilichonse mesa iwowo amapanga tsankho potenga maplayer ku squad.Ndi manyazi omwe alibe kumayamikira team ngati selection ndi yake bwa??Ku Malawi chilichonse ndi chinyengo,zimayambila ku ndalama kenako ndale kufikiranso kumpila.Dziko lochititsa manyazi

    1. Yankho says:

      Mbuzi iwe nambala 1. unapanga line up ndiiweyo ndi mkazi wako? You have no material in your brain. Congrats to our Young Chimodzi, You have done us pride every thing was okey in all departments and I believe we will complete the task on wesday. Shame on government for failing to provide funds to our beloved team. Tangoyesani kumuitana Walter ngati mukufuna ma demo.

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