Mali coach Kasperczak spied on Malawi, Benin

Mali national football team coach Henryk Kasperczak  was a spectator at Kamuzu Stadium when Malawi  defeated  Benin at Kamuzu Stadium in Blain Africa Cup of Nations first phase of qualifiers.

Mali coach Henryk Kasperczak captured by Nyasa Times photojourno Jeromy kadewere at Kamuzu Stadium watching Malawi play

Mali coach Henryk Kasperczak captured by Nyasa Times photojourno Jeromy kadewere at Kamuzu Stadium watching Malawi play

Action during Flamesand Benin match.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Action during Flamesand Benin match.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

The Flames progressed through  into the group stages with a 4-3 victory on spot kick and secured a place in Group A, which has teams like Mali, Ethiopia and Algeria.

The coach sat on the covered stands with a pen and a writing pad taking some notes.

Looking composed, the Mali  coach followed the whole 90 minutes before trekking outside the stadium using a private car.

Asked by Nyasa Times to comment on the game,  Kasperczak declined: ” I am not saying anything.”

Poland’s Kasperczak knows African football well, having also coached Côte d’Ivoire (1993-1994) to third place in the 1994 African Cup of Nations and Tunisia (1994-1998), a finalist in the 1996 tournament.

He also coached Morocco in 2000 and Senegal from 2006 to 2008.

Flames assistant coach Jack Chamangwana said  tactics and system will be different in groups games, saying the spying mission may be fruitless.

“It won’t be easy in the group stages, but we can contain teams in our group, will be a team effort,”  said Chamangwana who took charge of the Flames in the abscence of bed-ridden head coach Young Chimodzi.

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