Guinea dampen Flames spirits, fans blame Coach

Malawi National Football Team’s dream start to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) campaign got a reality check following a painful 1- 0 defeat to Guinea.
Supporter have turned on Coach Mario Marinica for destroying Flames great football which is consistently under-performing with ball possession averaging 25% relying mostly luck than tactics.

Malawi line up
Flames succumbed to an injury time goal to Guinea, who lost their opening match to Egypt in similar fashion and desperately needed the victory to put back on track their Afcon dream in Group D.
Liverpool star Naby Keita scored the goal.
The Elephants started the game on a high note giving the Flames tonight time in the first 10 minutes.
However, the Flames reorganised themselves to contain the pressure although they were forced to retreat throughout.
This sums up the fact that they failed to take a shot on target in their five goal attempts.
South Africa-based striker Gabadinho Mhango was also a peripheral figure and hardly threatened the Elephants in the final third.
However, the Flames kept the hosts at bay.
In the second half, Malawi approached the match with other ideas and produced a better performance as compared to the first half.
In the first half, Flames coach Marinica was forced to substitute Sudan-based Gerard Phiri Jnr for Charles Petro in the 33rd minute following as injury.
He also substituted Stanley Sanudi for Alick Lungu and Khuda Muyaba for Micium Mhone in the 47th minute.
In the 76th minute, Chimwemwe Idana and Stain Dave paved the way for Yamikani Chester
and Chikoti Chirwa respectively.
 In another, Marinica said his charges did not approach the match as planned.
“We did not play as expected. We had a couple of chances, but we did not take our chances. Sometimes when you are playing big teams players lose concentration and start panicking instead of pushing they dropped instead and you get punished.
“We still have our chances.”
In another group D match, Ethiopia recovered from the 2-1 loss to Malawi on Sunday to pull a shocking 2-0 win over Egypt at Bingu National Stadium in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe because CAF banned their national stadium.
All the teams have three points, but Ethiopia are now leading the group, Malawi are second, Guinea third and Egypt anchor the group due to goal aggregate differences between them.

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2 years ago

This will not hellp

Adamson Austin Kapezi Snr
Adamson Austin Kapezi Snr
2 years ago

Painful defeat!

President Mkango Chisokonezo Manthakanjenjemereza
President Mkango Chisokonezo Manthakanjenjemereza
2 years ago

Vuto lokhulupirira azungu. Meke was doing fine with the same team FAM fired him kkkkk

Gift Kumchima
Gift Kumchima
2 years ago

Poor performance indeed. Local Coaches are better than these foreigners. It has been proven.

2 years ago

Useless and fake coach with his so-called philosophy, to hell with his philosophy. This Marinica guy is destroying Malawi’s free-flowing type of football. Fans have to enjoy watching a beautiful display and at the same time a winning team, not this nonsense of football introduced by Marinica. This explains why this coach failed to coach clubs in Zambia and Tanzania. Sometimes I wonder Walter Nyamilandu’s judgement, why he has to inflict on Malawians a coach not fit to lead a national team. It would have been better employing three former players who were once a national team defender, midfielder, and… Read more »

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