Malawi team return to heroes’ welcome after Cosafa Plate

Malawi national team on Sunday returned to a heroes’ welcome in the commercial capital, Blantyre as hundreds assembled at Chileka Airport .

Captain Lucky Malata shows off the Cosafa Plate on arrival to a heroes' welcome for Malawi's footballers...Photo by FAM

Captain Lucky Malata shows off the Cosafa Plate on arrival to a heroes’ welcome for Malawi’s footballers…Photo by FAM

Flames on arrival at Chileka Airport

Flames on arrival at Chileka Airport

of thousands of fans took to the streets of the capital Lusaka on Monday to welcome back the Zambian players,

Thousands of fans took to the streets i Blantyre  to welcome back the Malawian players,

Lucky Malata ( centre) Moses Mkandawi ... ra Mwandira from FAM....photo FAM

Lucky Malata ( centre) Moses Mkandawi and Flora Mwandira from FAM….photo FAM

Proudly Malawian. The Malawi Arirlines officials having a feel of the Cosafa Plate

Proudly Malawian. The Malawi Arirlines officials having a feel of the Cosafa Plate

Tikwale Chirwa ( centre) with the cup at the airport...Photo By FAM

Tikwale Chirwa ( centre) with the cup at the airport…Photo By FAM

Thousands of fans lined up in the stree ... to welcome the team...Photo By FAM

Thousands of fans lined up in the stree … to welcome the team…Photo By FAM

The Cosafa Plate champions , Malawi squad

The Cosafa Plate champions , Malawi squad

The supporters went wild when the players disemberaked the Malawian Airways with their Cosafa Plate which they won after beating Zambia in the finals on Friday after failing to clinch the main tournament Cosafa Castle Cup.

The crowds had jammed the airport and lined up along the roads to to catch a glimpse of the players and Cosafa Plate.

The supporters led by veteran top  fan Ralphael Nasimba cheered when the Malawian Airlines touched down at 14:30 with captain Lucky Malata being the first to disembark from the plane carrying the glittering trophy.

Among high profile people that welcomed Malawi’s players nicknamed the Flames at the airport included Blantyre Mayor Noel Chalamanda, Carlsberg Senior Brands Manager Twikale Chirwa, who are also sponsors for the Flames, from Football Association of Malawi there was Moses Mkandawire, Flora Mwandira and Casper Jangale.

The team was driven from   Chileka International Airport to Chiwembe technical centre via the following route: Chileka to Chirimba- Mbayani via Kameza round-about. Kandodo corner-shop, Round-About, HHI – Ndirande Shoprite – Chitawira – Nancholi Stella Marris – Zingwangwa – Kudya Nkolokosa – Chinyonga- Limbe- Chiwembe in a convoy.

Upon arrival at the Chiwembe , a news conference was held together with Carlsberg Malawi – ‘The Official Sponsor’.

The first to speak was Flames skipper Lucky Malata who expressed satisfaction with the COSAFA trip though the team fell short of lifting the COSAFA Cup.

“We did not want to come home empty-handed and brought this Cosafa Plate,” he said.

Malata said there are “good lessons” the team has learnt from their outing, good experiences which he hoped would help them improve on their game more especially as the 2017 AFCON qualifiers commences soon.

Head Coach Young Chimodzi was happy with the boys’ performance, most of them coming of age and surpassing expectations.

He said Cosafa was a good learning experience for his team in preparation for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers.

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

“This will give us a boost in preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. There many positives we have learnt from the tournament,” Chimodzi said.

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.

On behalf of Carlsberg Malawi Ltd, Senior Brands Manager for Alcoholics Twikale Chirwa expressed the sponsor’s delight to the ambitious project that started last year through a 3-year sponsorship deal for the Flames.

“You went with admirable humility, competed with hearty, unity and patriotism and accounted for every drop of your sweat. The result of your hard work is the trophy which you have brought to your motherland for the first time,” said Chirwa

Taking his turn, FAM vice president Moses Mkandawire (speaking on behalf of FAM President Walter Nyamilandu who has gone to Zurich where Fifa elected Sepp Blatter as president) expressed the FA’s delight for the COSAFA Plate which the boys managed to bring home.

He stressed on the significance of this victory bearing in mind that the last time the team won silverware was in 1988.

It is a legacy that will live for years to come.

Meanwhile, the Flames resume full camp on Monday, 1st June 2015 in preparation for the AFCON qualifier match against Zimbabwe at Kamuzu Stadium on 13th June 2015.

Meanwhile, BBC Sport report that Namibia won the Cosafa Cup for for the first time in their history, beating Mozambique 2-0 in the final in the South African mining village of Moruleng.

Winger Deon Hotto scored both of Namibia’s goals to steer his nation to victory in the southern African championship.

Namibia completed a gruelling schedule of six games in less than a fortnight on their way to success.

They came through the first round of group matches reserved for the lowest eight ranked teams, including thrashing four-time winners Zimbabwe 4-1 in their last group game.

They then squeezed past holders Zambia on post-match penalties in the quarter-final last Sunday, beating Madagascar 3-2 in Thursday’s semifinal and sealing success with a solid performance against the Mozambicans.

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Tremble banda
Guest

Big up.

Maynard Mtima
Guest

Congratulations guys but our strikers must be very aggressive and avoid unnecessary back passes.

Chikopa
Guest

za zii! Why being as fifth best? Its like kumanyenga mkazi amene ali amuna folo kale ndiye iwe nkumakulawitsako onsewo akapita kugeni. The plate is nothing but shit. Let us deserve the best. Why waste precious fuel taking a long route when the boys were playing like villagers from Thekerani or Nsalu or fili mailosi?

kamfana
Guest

Bravo Boys,it was not easy .We slightly missed the main Cup.Hopefully one day we will grab it.Although that goal was scored by chance becoz of the COURAGE of the Striker Zicco Mkanda.Continue doing that,& other strikers MUST EMULATE.OSACHITA MANTHA MUZIMUPITIRA GOLI.

sakaza
Guest

Mumuuzeko Pilirani kachinziri kuti afune asafune lucky Malaya azimenyabe flames

Samuel Thauzeni
Guest

zobeba

Auphie
Guest

Kuno ku theba amalawi tikungo landila ulemu kunena zowona anyamata mwagwila ntchito Yotamandika RSA ndimbia amationelela.

Okomaatani
Guest

Ayi ndithu mwachita zamphamvu kutenga plate yasala cup.

BOX 13 BILILA, N U
Guest

Well done flames,keep the fire burning,a plate is much better than a cup itself,next tym bring us a cup Since we have a plate already.shakes mashaba has shaken his head and the world wonders not why but how,u made us so proud.now is tym to aim high and work hard.fam zachamba ayi,manage these boys well well.understood?

True Supporter
Guest

U coaches learn to analyse d game we r tired of conceding in d dying minutes as was d case with Mozambique game

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