You go! Chimodzi faces sack: Malawi FA call for emergency meet

Anger, disappointment and frustration marked a bad Saturday for Malawi national football team supporters who demanded the instant dismissal of team head coach Young Chimodzi, accusing him of running short of ideas as his charges were defeated by Zimbabwe 2-1 in their opening Group L qualifier for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations match played at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

Chimodzi on the brink of being sacked.-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Chimodzi on the brink of being sacked.-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Atusaye Nyondo in disbelief...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Atusaye Nyondo in disbelief…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

John Banda in disbelief...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

John Banda in disbelief…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Kamuzu Stadium had partisan suppoirt but failed to spur Flames into victory.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere

Kamuzu Stadium had partisan support to full capacity but failed to spur Flames into victory.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere

Some fans who came to watch the match.

Some fans who came to watch the match.

Flames line up..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Flames line up..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Zimbabwe national team...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Zimbabwe national team…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

The fans were angered with Chimodzi’s questionable substitution of hard-working striker Zicco Mkanda for Esau Kanyenda while leaving on the pitch anonymous Atusaye Nyondo.

Right back John Lanjesi was also pulled out for blunder-prone defender Lucky Malata, who eventually misplaced a pass onto the path of Billiat.

The Mamelodi Sundowns man – whose grandparents were from Malawi – sped clear on the left before stabbing his shot to the top right corner to stun the home fans for a winner even minutes before the end.

Despite going into the game amid financial problems and enduring a bus break-down on Friday afternoon while travelling to Blantyre, it was Zimbabwe that had a dream start.

From the first whistle, the visitors won three consecutive corner kicks. The Warriors eventually got a reward when Cuthbert Malajila made the most of Malawi defender Harry Nyirenda’s blunder to score in the 20th minute but the hosts hit straight back and Davi Banda restored parity a minute later.

The game looked headed for a draw when Billiat produced the moment of the match when he beat McDonald Harawa with a wonderful left-footed shot.

It was a wonderful goal that not only caught Harawa by surprise, but Billiat also looked stunned as well after scoring it.

The angry fans, who converged behind the Kamuzu Stadium VIP second and voiced out their frustration, saying they have lost confidence in the Flames technical panel.

“What is wrong with the players? These are the same players that performed wonders during the just ended Cosafa Cup. Why did the coach remove Lanjesi for Malata who is the natural right back,” quizzed an angry fan clad in national colours.

“Chimodzi he must go,” shouted another man in anger.

Some sections of the supported of hurled insults to the players as their bus left the stadium. And Malawians chanted in praise of Zimbabwe players.

Zimbabwe online media, Zim Eye: poked fun of Malawi, reporting that the Warriors “thumbed Malawi on their grounds.”

It reported: “Zimbabwe romped to victory Saturday afternoon scoring a thunderous 2-1 against the Nyasa dwellers.

“Even though the boys came by a broken bus, their misfortune could not stop them from exhibiting their might as the ‘Original Core Rhodesians, as the two countries were once before The Rhodesia and Nyasaland Federation.”

The future of Flames technical panel is at stake as a 2-1 loss in the hands of the visiting Warriors of has forced Football Association of Malawi (FAM) to hold an emergency meeting on Sunday 14th June 2015.

FAM Chief Executive Officer Suzgo Nyirenda confirmed the meeting, saying Malawians are devastated with the loss to Zimbabwe.

” We never expected to lose this game therefore we are holding an Emergency executive meeting at Chiwembe on Sunday at 8:00am to map the way forward” said Nyirenda adding that the meeting will be centred on the performance of the Flames coaches.

According to the Fam CEO, the future of the coaches will depend on the targets they were given.

Flames coach Young Chimodzi and his Assistant Jack Chamangwana failed the first test they were given by Fam.

FAM gave them a target of winning the Cosafa Cup and earns the Flames African Cup of Nations qualification.

Several Malawians are calling upon for the firing of the entire technical panel and others even made slurs that FAM should hire Malawi Queens coach Peace Chawinga Kalua to translate the netball squad’s success into the football team.

And Chimodzi conceded he made clueless substitutions.

“We thought we were operating as we usually do that is why I made those substitutions,” Chimodzi said.

“We didn’t play as expected and that was bad to us,” said Chimodzi after the match. “We were a bit nervous, we had no patience and that cost us the game.”

Malawi’s next game is against Swaziland who won against 2-1 at home Guinea on Friday and Chimodzi said: “It is very tough now, but we still have to fight to the end”

Zimbabwe coach Kalisto Pasuwa said his team had put all their problems aside to secure a good kick start of their Africa Cup of Nations campaign.

“We need to bring Zimbabwean people together to help improve our football.

We wanted to put our country on the map. We are having problems but let’s consider our country in terms of football,” said Pasuwa.

Zimbabwe team had initially refused to travel, citing concerns that they would not receive their money from the cash-strapped Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa).

Walter Magaya, the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries leader, stepped in to cover the $42,000 needed to cover the trip to Malawi.

Zimbabwe and Swaziland are now tied on three points each on top of Group L. The other teams in the group are Guinea and Swaziland.

Only one team from the group qualifies for the finals to be held in Gabon in January 2017. –Additional reporting by Elijah Phimbi, Nyasa Times

 

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71 thoughts on “You go! Chimodzi faces sack: Malawi FA call for emergency meet”

  1. moses chikhokho says:

    Waziwona yekha chimoza amawona ndimasewera azawo akamakocha.

  2. wakumupotol says:

    Chimozi ndi munthu wa sanje anamubisila mpeni kumphasa Kinnah . Amati atani iye bora kina anayesesa. Akudana ndi a tumbuka . Nanga Fisher player wabwino osapasa game . Chindere chakufikapo

  3. maso says:

    A Chimodzi anamusemera chinyau Kinnah, I wo amaona ngati ndi zophweka. Izo alephera amati atani. Kinnah is one of the finest Malawian Coaches osati a Chimodzi. Ndiye likakuonatsoka amayamba ndi a kuba kulowa mnyamba mwako kenako ntchito ndikutha. Mayooooooooooooooo ineeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

  4. Bick says:

    Akalime basi kape ameneyu sizothatha matchansizo iya!!!,wabandabanda chamba chakaning’ina uko angakoche flames zoba ameneyu,zandinyansatu,kodi wakhungu angathe kutsogolera wakhungu nzake?CHIMODZI ndekuti chani?Zanzii Chancetakers are always accident makers ngati alibe khasu timubwereka akalime basi,wandikwiitsa kape ameneyu

  5. amajita says:

    Harawa and Malata no more 4 Flames…..!

  6. Football is a game, Adakakhala Kina phiri Koma, coz experience counts when it comes to caoching,chimodi was nervous according to himself.

  7. Rodgers Banda says:

    Malawi has wonderful players but grade 0 or 1 coaches probably biased living good legs

  8. BigMan says:

    We have a useless goalkeeper, fire him not the coach.

  9. Kamuzu Mbewe says:

    Well done Zimbos. Keep whopping these flames boys till they figure out what they are trying to do ….

  10. tired says:

    Kikikiki. Blame all losses onto the texhnical pannel, regardless of who exactly has to do the kicking of the ball into the right net on the right side of the field. If the swiftness to action and determination to move to the top that we see in football was transferres to politics, our parliament, capital hill and judiary would alreaways be on their toes, and someone would already be out of plot number 1 and front benches at the hero’s acre in Lilongwe.

  11. Analyst says:

    Comparing Zim and Malawi, i find the players of Zim as hard working. This comes amidst travel hiccups ands financial constrains from their side but because they worked hard, they got the result. I do not condem Young thou he made a substitution mistake but the players are to blame. Am confused that fans are not calling for the resignation of players who seem not to work hard in the team. Our players needs descipline. No way should a player represent the nation casually. thses players need military descipline to start winning. the players are failing to reason properly as evidenced by no clear scoring chances created. the substitution does not matter if we had won the game. No coach is supposed to play but only players. they are the ones that win matches (95%).
    These players needs to be desciplined.

  12. Chopwicho says:

    So the scorer of the only goal of malawi is not from nyikaland

  13. Matt Mwaleh says:

    My point of view;Nt all those who were great footballers in their days hv good leadership skills to run the national team or any club.The technicall team mst be dissolved n elect leaders who r passionate enough to run soccer.Amazingly,we r jst pointing fingers at our coashes without looking at the root cause of the underperfomance of our team.The problems that Kinnah Phiri had with the national team is jst the same as of Young Chimodzi.The technical team must take part in helping the coash promoting the youths into the senior team.

  14. AUSTINS NKHOMA says:

    Bravo Fam .Welcome Ntawali

  15. Nyamakumutu says:

    I told you but makani. How can you go to do friendlies away when you will play your opponent at home. That was a worst of time. When you play at home you do a different method unlike when you go play away. Now we are already behind. You think that awowo ndi ana akunyamulirani chilwama. We will see

  16. nyasa boy says:

    Malawi ipume kumenya mpila kwazaka 5 izayambenso timu yanyuwani

  17. Maingainga says:

    They have gone on holiday and their contract will not be renewed. Enerst Mtawali now ndiogwirizira wa flames

  18. Malawiana says:

    I expected these so called coaches to have resigned by now. What are they waiting for?

  19. ujeni says:

    The problem is our top league, not good enough, infrastructure wise tilibe. How do you beat some of these giants, by luck and fluck but it comes once in a million years.

  20. That’s the major problem in Malawi, taking things for granted… I mentioned few days b4 da game that please don’t take the warriors for granted no matter how… See wat happened ? Being beaten @ your courtyard do u think u will stand the heat in Harare? Nonsense…. I don’t see any gud results cuming … Too much relaxion afta beating dat skeleton Bafana hey?

  21. John mulenga says:

    The problem we have in malawi,we go for cheaper material and expected more.if we can find a good couches with quality experiance i dont think we can that of defenders blunders,mhone’s brilliant play without timing on target at the goal,i wish if can burn so called national team for some years then maybe we can come to it

  22. Sir Tijoy says:

    In a game of any sporting activity, triumphant is based on luck irrespective of the technical callibility, harmonic team composure and up-hand officiation panel. All the victory Flames has had were all based on luck as evidenced by inconsistent ranking by FIFA. I therefore plead with the Malawi foodball organiser to exactly exegize the Flames real problem rather that exenteraring to reshuffles.

  23. zodziwadziwa says:

    We have very gud keepers why do u put HARAWA, a keeper who is not even flexible.Had it been u fitured him against Zambia tikadzola 4 kwa 1. Chimodzi sukuva, Uchoke!

  24. If think football its not our part let’s tries other things!how long we had change tech panel and coaches you want to say all have failed……iven though PEACE CHAWINGA KALUWA come to the head couch we will going to see the same just let’s drop it than spoil money to athing that we can not manage to.

  25. Franck says:

    Kochi achoke pabwere anthu ena zintchito zawo taziona ndipo alephera.

  26. Callistara wa Chimombo Mathanyula says:

    Udziwa kuchinda basi these idiots

  27. blaque chirwa says:

    we have to use sulumba , enya banda , phiri jr mostly the youngs so dat they can gain same exiperence dont stop dem from archivin they goals …….pliz make a change before nxt game ……. dont remove young chimodzi nd his partner pliz

  28. Bolingo says:

    Mmmmmm my mouth is shut

  29. KARU UNITED says:

    Mpira wa ku Malawi,unalakwika nthawi imene kaya ndi FAM,inati musiyeni Gabadini Mhango alembe mayeso,asasewere mpira,mapeto ake Malawi,inaluza. Kenako, Kuwachotsa Eddie Ng’onamo,FAM,iri koma,backpacker Sanfiet.For Malawi to go back to winning ways FAM may wish to recall Ng’omamo!

  30. hango says:

    Akanakhala mutumbuka mukanamuchotsa koma uyu wothedwa nzeru game yili mkati, mutu ndwiiii, simungamuchotse. Tyr Eliya and Nicholas.

  31. Moyowabwino says:

    The sacking of Kinnah Phiri costed us all these misfortunes. The man was visionary and he knew his squad very well. Out of creed and jealosy we said enough with you. But I bet the man is second to none as far as football couching is concerned. In his tenure we managed to beat reputable teams such as Egypt and not to talk of qualifying for the AFCON tournment for the first time in this recent past. What more testimony shall we need to prove his competence in the job. My money is on Kinnah Phiri.

  32. mbani says:

    In South Africa u could actually c that the team had a purpose but the yesterday one totally different

  33. A nyima says:

    Coaches must be given power, ownership and total control of the team and the game. They should be afraid of which play to feature into the game if a professional player is not fit than a local then he should be afraid to feature the local than a proffe. We lost the game of our proffesional players that are proving to be old. We have good local players that are in good form but we chose to leave them on bench.

  34. Zulu says:

    Zitizo zochotsera coach? On football now a days espect any team to win anywhere on earth. Panopa mom we zuyendera mu super league do you espect our team to win any team because it is playing on home ground? Achotseni koma mwapatsa zao ku court

  35. Oyikonda Malawi. says:

    Mpira ndi kachaniso. Taluza zinthu zofunikira ife Ma girl friends kutisiya, kulephera mayeso,kuberedwa ndalama. Ndi tizidandaula ndi iziiii.

  36. myao says:

    Gulugufe tell learnedmi that the list of tried and tested include Yasni Osman. Kaputa etc.palibe chabwino chaonekapo during their tym. How can a coach fear to substitute a player?. FAM Ikapanga engage foreign foreign tactician ngwaku Europe basi.On another note Sulom ukumveka kwambiri kuposa FAM, mipando yokhwimira akaziyi eéish.

  37. reuben says:

    you dont expect change in a short period of time, then thats not football, for u to start doing better u need a long term plan, thats football, just have a glance look at manchester united after departer of moyes. The coach should be given more time please. how many coaches have we removed sofar? how has been the success?

  38. kemwa says:

    Bola kinah,tikaluza ndi draw pakamuzu stadium,nyengo imeneyo timaikidwa mmagulu ovita kwambiri,koma kinah samaimva kuluza pahome.

  39. Nkuruzinza says:

    To lose in such a miserable fashion is a disgrace and I don’t just see why Malawians should keep paying these clueless coaches. It has been proved beyond reasonable doubt that these guys don’t just have what it takes. They team lacks coherence, tightness, and is tactically embarrassingly deficient. Very poor quality.

  40. mbuzi za ma kochi nkhope ndwi pa bench ngati akumetedwa, adzipita atikwana

  41. tuvitwana says:

    YOUNG CHIMODZI HAS NEVER IMPRESSED ME. HAV U SEEN HIM SMILE? THIS IS THE coach WHO WANTED KINNAH PHIRI OUT, KINNAH WENT N HE CAME IN. WHAT HAS HE DAN APART FROM LOOKING GLOOMY ALWAYS. HE CAN’T AFFORD A SIMPLE SMILE N U THINK HE CAN B A GOOD COACH?
    IN MALAWI, THE PROBLEM IS THAT EVEN IN FOOT BALL WE WANT QUARTER SYSTEM NOT MERIT. THIZ R THE RESULTS. LET THOZ WHO QUALIFY LEAD THE TEAM NOT COZ SOMEBODY COMES FROM THYOLO, MZIMBA OR LILONGWE. UNLESS WE CHANGE, FOOTBALL WILL NEVER DEVELOP IN MALAWI.
    REMEMBER THOZ OF U WHO R OLDER ENOUGH, THERE WAS NO QUARTER SYSTEM WHEN CHIMODZI WAS PLAYING. PROBABLY A GOOD PLAYER NOT NOT COACH.
    AM TOD ANAMUBERA WHEN HE WAS AWAY WITH THE TEAM IN EGYPT, KKKKKKIEST

  42. opportunist says:

    Am frustrated with the defeat by Zimbabwe .The fielding of players were poor .For instance Kamwendo was failing to tick why could have been substituted and Fodya,Gerald or Fischer could have tried their luck.

  43. BB woyeee says:

    Pls mundiuzileko Peter Mponda amene mukumane naye kuti team yoyenera kulanda ija koma imeneyi

  44. Truck says:

    Don’t sack the Coach its too early give Young Chimodzi another chance.If he is a bad Coach why in Cosafa Cup with the same Coach we played well. A Game is sometimes a win sometimes a lose but not losing always kiki!

  45. xyz says:

    Warriors have indeed put their country on the map. Malawi’s coah is like arsene wenger. They are failures specialists. Zoona gunners musakane champions league munatengapo inu?

  46. Mchikumbe Nthesa says:

    I was of the thought that the two coaches being successful defenders during their playing career, they would impart their knowledge and skills into our squad but unfortunately our defence is so vulnerable. So do you expect these coaches to bring miracles in scoring goals and winning matches? Search me

  47. steve says:

    So after breaking my heart into Aradeen pieces Chimodzi has the guts conceding that he made a clueless substitution. He must go

  48. Hot Iron says:

    Better not support the National Team to participate in such sports. It has been a drain on our taxes without any positive returns. It is a source of misery and shame on Malawians throughout. We have never seen any improvement in football standards even with the changing of coaches or the best league on the land. Bola ma player a team ya mudzi wathu amasewela mpira wabwino kkkkkk.

  49. mbava says:

    Sometimes we shud accept that mistakes happen! Had it been the team won mukanena kuti ma coach atha ma plan? Sack out those players that made blunders and those that missed the scoring chances! Pena tiyeni tizivomera kuti zavuta. I am a Malawian who loves my team and i am not happy as well koma yiyeni yivomere kuti game siinayiyendere. I “dedicate” the loss to our useless goalkeeper! How could that powerless less cross (and not shot) go in??????

  50. Benson Chirwa says:

    I agree with Achalume. Infact Gambia that held SA to a draw withdrew from competitions for some years. Look at them now. Mxiiiii.

  51. MALAWIAN says:

    Bolanso Mtumbuka uja anakupitisani ku Afcon 2010 agalu inu????????????????????? And what was the role of the Consultant in this loss, Bwana Walter Nyamilandu?

  52. INU MUKULIMBANA NDI MUNTHU WA MULUNGU……..TEAM YA ZIM….YOTU ANAITHANDIZA NDI PROPHETIC LEADER. NDIYE PAJA ZAKAYESALA ZIPITE KWA IYE KOMA ZAMULUNGU ZIPITE KWA MULUNGU NO WONDER CHIDIMA CHINACHITIKA PA FIELDING OF PLAYERS KU FLAMES …….ITS ALL PROPHETIC POWERS!!!!!!!!!! OOOSH!!!! POOR FLAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. Bright says:

    Shame on Malawi

  54. CB says:

    fam and technical panel yonse ichoke,,nzeru zibwere zina and nyamilandu apereke chitsanzo chabwino ayambe kutula pansi udindo,,,,anyapala okhaokha,,,

  55. Jabulani Kuveya Mudede says:

    Sacking the coach is not the panacea to your football crisis, you need to go deeper in search of talent in your country, you should also have a vibrant youth policy so as to avoid bringing old war horses to the battle front. like i posted some days ago, our warriors’ core are the under 23s, from the goalkeeper , to most defenders and midfielders. A twenty year old person has more endurance and determination than a thirty smthng yr old. Sacking yo coach will only culminate to an avalanche of misfortunes at this time, it will open floodgates of losses for the flames. Don’t bring players because they have big names, go and tap talent from the grassroots, from the schools (don’t leave rural schools) instead of basking in the sun and expect to beat a vastly talented Zimbabwean side. Go back to the drawing board and start preparing for the next AFCON because this time hapana chenyu, paribe njito. Please bear with the coach, he was trying to grind results with a team that is far below national team material, if they had played Dynamos, the reigning Zim premiership champs, they could have been hammered by a three digit scoreline, a cricket scoreline. Despite a plethora of problems that confronted our warriors, they showed their pedegree as a giant that has awaken from its slumper. Complacency might have also cost your team, yu thot yu had won even bfore the match was played

  56. mtumbuka selfish dog says:

    We need more surestreams, more Malawian players playing professional football across the world then we can start winning. It’s only then that national team coaches will have quality players to work with. Lets not join other competitions. Lets use that money to develop talent

  57. KAMBWE says:

    Kinnah Phiri angomwetulira kuli iyeko….

  58. Jabulani Kuveya Mudede says:

    Sacking the coach is not the panacea to your football crisis, you need to go deeper in search of talent in your country, you should also have a vibrant youth policy so as to avoid bringing war horses to the battle front. like i posted some days ago, our warriors’ core are the under 23s, from the goalkeeper , to most defenders and midfielders. A twenty year old person has more endurance than a thirty smthng yr old. Sacking yo coach will only culminate to an avalanche of misfortunes at this time, it will open floodgates of losses for the flames. Dont bring players because they have big names, go and tap talent from the grassroots, from the schools (don’t leave rural schools) instead of basking in the sun and expect to beat a vastly talented Zimbabwean side. Go back to the drawing board and start preparing for the next AFCON because this time hapana chenyu, paribe njito. Please bear with the coach, he was trying to grind results with a team that is far below national team material, if they had played Dynamos, the reigning Zim premeirship champs, they could have been hammered by a three digit scoreline, a cricket scoreline.

  59. Gulugufe says:

    Walter Nyamilandu, Casper Jangale, Suzgo Nyirenda, Young Chimodzi, Pikawo Ngalamira, Jack Chamangwana ndi Peter Mponda onse achoke kuti timu iyambe kuwina!

    Akanakhala kuti Walter amapemphera muchoonadi osati kwa TB Joshua nthawi yotula pansi udindo inali ino!

  60. learnedmi says:

    BLUNDERS MADE IN NYIKALAND. WHY DOES THE COACH FIELD HARAWA DESPITE ALL THE MISERY HE HAD INFLICTED ON THE NYASAS. HARRY NYIRENDA,IS HE NATIONAL TEAM MATERIAL? ESAU KANYENDA? IT’S BETTER TO LOSE WITH U20S THAN THIS TRIED,TESTED AND FAILED TEAM

  61. abie sekete says:

    Malawians is too early to sack the coach go back to drawing board and rectify mistakes unlike my Bafana Bafana who can not score goals.

  62. chisomo Makapu says:

    FAM should learn that changing coaches like diapers is not a solution. Enough time for preparations and adequate facilities are what it requires here. How many changes have been made in the recent years? Including foreign coaches.

  63. mbaci says:

    Our coaches fail to read te game, poor substitutions and they seem not to have their first 11… Decision making at crucial moments of the game is big problem

  64. matchonisa says:

    Young and Jackm mwachepanazo. please! just resign b4 we mercilessly dismiss u to pave way for Eliya Kananji and Yasin Osman.

  65. myao says:

    Not only the the tech panel but the whole Fam setup shup should be disbanded.its the same faces thatve brought poor results and yet we expect something new

  66. Gift Kayipa says:

    Dont manhand our current coaches.lets follow the proper procedure.we are all frustrated.i cry.

  67. Vwapuvwap says:

    I told you nsanje siipindula. Coach samasintha ngati sokosi.

  68. Achalume says:

    Shame indeed.Is it not possible to sometimes withdraw in partcipating to these global and continental competitions?

    1. Naaaah says:

      We can’t withdraw otherwise we will be fined by CAF.

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