Coach Chimodzi positive despite Malawi flop: Nigeria fail to qualify for Africa finals

  • Nigeria held to 2-2 draw by South Africa

  • Bafana Bafana and Congo qualify for E. Guinea

  • DR Congo qualify as best third-placed finisher

Head coach for Malawi, Young Chimodzi on Wednesday picked positives in the campaign for the Flames in Africa Cup of Nations despite losing a qualification ticket to the 2015 finals  in Equatorial Guinea after from Group B.

Chimodzi:  We did our best under prevailing circumstances

Chimodzi: We did our best under prevailing circumstances

In Wednesday’s final round of matches, Malawi and Ethiopia drew 0-0 – a result that ended both sides’ chances of making it to the final.

Mali made it through to the finals with a 2-0 win over Algeria, who had already won the group and booked their place.

“Today, we had a bad game, but we created the chances. Unfortunately, we did not utilize them. This is football. I know that people are worried and as a team, we are also supposed to be worried, but this is a good team for the future,” Chimodzi told Ethiopia media.

“We have had bad performances and good performances along the way and we learnt our lessons. Today, we were playing at high altitude, sometimes breathing was a problem for some of the players, but it is just an excuse. We should have won the game,” he said.

Malawi, who finished the group on seven points after two wins, a draw and three defeats, last qualified for Afcon in 2010.

Meanwhile, defending champions Nigeria have failed to qualify for the 2015 African Cup of Nations after drawing 2-2 with South Africa on Wednesday.

The Super Eagles needed to better Congo’s result to make it through from Group A but went 2-0 down in Uyo after two goals from  Tokeo Rantie before battling back to earn a point through two late goals from Sone Aluko.

The top two teams in each of the seven groups qualified plus the best third-placed finisher, which was the Democratic Republic of Congo

 

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Bristol
Guest

All the best our coach. you have tried as coaching panel amidst challenges mainly funding. Kinna Phiri was not supported and you also faced the same scenario. At least now, the corporate world did invest in Flames by funding for the trip to Ethiopia. There is next time when you shall continue to do better.

Zachisoni Phiri
Guest

Thanks ma flames u performed better.

zak
Guest

The future is there though with not the same squad but still it will be called Malawi.no reason to talk bad of the govt here.ngati muli a chipani chinacho zanu izo.if malawi falls we will fall together including u

BEN
Guest

WOZA MAFLAMES DONT LOOSE HOPE NEXT TIME IT WILLBE US TAKINGTHE TITTLE OF AFCON.DONT THINK ITS TOO LATE.JUST CHERISH ON MEANINGFUL TRAINING AND AIM HIGH

YOKWIYA
Guest

Which future bwana? Some players are old. Anong’a, Kanyenda, Kamwendo are about to hang their boots. Which future are we talking about? With which government.? The present government is not interested in sports, especially football. With the recent performance do you think there will be political will to sponsor the game again? Forget it!! Moreover the Kwacha is slipping from their hands so fast. Soon the coffers will run dry. Just sit back, groom new players and wait for 2019.

DANIEL PHIRI
Guest

WELL DONE FLAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YOU DID YOUR BEST. GOVERNMENT ABD CORPORATES, PLEASE LETS SUPPORT THE TEAM IN GOOD TIME NOT WAIT FOR THE TEAM TO WIN A GAME AND FUND IT. THIS IS OUR TEAM, THERE WILL ALWAYS BE ONE FLAMES. AS FOR COACHES, YOU HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE BUT YOU SHOULD ALSO LISTEN TO OTHERS AS WAS WITH THE INCLUSION OF THE VETERANS. OTHERWISE NOT SO BAD PERFORMANCE, WE WERE GROUP WITH SOME OF THE BEST TEAMS IN AFRICA.

Chikopa
Guest

One zero we could have gone through DRC is through with one point we have gone with goal differance

Gongoni
Guest

In big taurnaments like these you make use of experienced players. This group was average and not tough,surely Malawi would have qualified to the finals! We would have beaten Algeria at Kamuzu Stadium. On Malawi side it was very poor preparations coupled by ever lack of funds by FAM,shortsightedness of coaches by not calling experienced players and unwillingness on the part of Government to fund the team! Let alone funding Nyakwawas and Gulewamkulus to USA! Oh! How i miss KAMUZU BANDA! The team would have gone to United Kingdom for camping.

Old APM
Guest

The coaching panel and the entire team should be maintained and give them enough friendlies to prepare for AFCON 2017

William chisese
Guest

The fact of the story is we musnt wait for the things to come to worse it will be always difficult for us to go further

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