Malawi soccer team coach Kinnah Phiri has reacted angrily at his critics describing them as “stupid” and “football terrorists.”
The coach came under fire recently when Malawi registered two unconvincing and costly draws against Kenya and Nigeria respectively, in the on-going World cup qualifiers.
It is the sluggish performance against Nigeria that forced a section of fans to chant “Kinnah achoke! Kinnah achoke!”
In reaction to the supporters calls for him to go, the coach has come out fighting like a wield dog calling those baying for his blood as cowards.
He told BBC Focus on Africa after the Chad game, in which Malawi won by 2-0, that he has done a lot for Malawi side, the Flames, hence calls for him to stand down are misplaced.
“Yes, I have been under pressure to deliver but I think I have proved my critics wrong with the win against Chad. It is some few silly and stupid people who are confused that are trying to cause problems,” fumed Phiri.
The coach, who led the Flames to first African Nations berth in Angola, after close to 25 years in wilderness, added that his charges have the potential of making it to Brazil in 2014 for the World Cup and South Africa next year for the Africa Cup of Nations finals if the country can rally behind the team.
“It’s now a relief….but some people talk stupidly as if they are not Malawians; I really don’t like such behaviour,” he charged.
“ We’re working so hard to change things in the country and instead of people to support us in order for the team progress, they are busy talking nonsense,” added the Malawi coach who is at the verge of signing a new deal to keep him in-charge of the team.
Meanwhile, Kinnah has disclosed that he is working closely with Football Association of Malawi (Fam) President Walter Nyamilandu on possibility of the team to travel abroad for training where they will play some blood testing matches before they engage in further competitive games.
Kinnah insists he still has what it takes to turn the team around.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :