Flames coach Ronny Van Geneogden has not started well and understandably so because he had very little time to assess the right players for him to suit his style since the TNM Super League was on the break.
Now he will have ample opportunity to assess the right material in order to build his own team together with his assistant.
By recalling Joseph Kamwendo into the squad, it shows somewhere he did not know the type of player Shakira is.
If it has not yet been done, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) should avail the coach with some last season’s footage of the TNM Super League which Beta TV beamed from July. Maybe he can also discover something for his plans.
In the meanwhile, he now has an opportunity to assess the players through this season’s TNM Super League which resumes this weekend with some interesting games on show such as the one between the 2016 champions Kamuzu Barracks at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe and Mighty Be Forward Wanderers on Saturday and also between Silver Strikers and Wizards FC at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
He can choose to be in Lilongwe so that he watches the game between Kamuzu Barracks and Wanderers on Saturday and travel to Mzuzu to watch Moyale hosting Nyasa Big Bullets.
He should take note, as he might have already done, that these are the teams that contribute a bulk of the national team players.
However, he must also take time to watch other low profile games — even one between the debutantes Chitipa United, Masters Security and Blantyre United — he can spot one or two talents from there for possible consideration.
Otherwise, as RVG rightly said after the 0-1 loss against Madagascar in the first leg qualifying match of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Antananarivo, there is still chance to make amends and beat them when they come here.
The Flames are usually bad travellers but of late they still squandered their home ground advantage despite all the vocal support they get from the 12th player — the fans.
All I can urge of the fans is that we should go en-masse to continue what we always do for our beloved team in red attire. The social media was scathing in their response to the 0-0 draw against Kenya in the friendly match ahead of the game against Madagascar and the loss.
The fans on social media went to town in chastising the team following the loss but let’s give the lads some benefit of the doubt that they shall carry the day come the second leg here at home.
Let’s have the confidence that after the two games, RVG has properly assessed the arsenal he has and by including Joseph Kamwendo, he has spotted the potential in this veteran, who played a big part for Wanderers in winning the Carlsberg Cup and the Bus Ipite Bonanza though the Nomads ended 7th in last season;s TNM Super League.
Their biggest problems was that they draw too much — 10 games yet they scored the most away goals (22) and their main striker Peter Wadabwa was their third top goal scorer with 16 goals, just three away from the Golden Boot award winner Richard Mbulu of Mafco FC (19) while Nyasa Big Bullets’s Chiukepo Msowoya scored 17 goals.
There is plenty talent that RVG might discover himself once the TNM Super League resumes on Saturday. He has to be given ample opportunity for him to travel around the three regions to watch these games because you never know he might stumble upon an unknown talent from the rookies, Chitipa United, Masters Security and Blantyre United.
Wishing RVG and the team all the best for the second leg of the CHAN match against Madagascar. There is plenty opportunity to overturn this result and soothe the pain of the fans as we will be formally welcoming the new coach in action on home soil.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :