Malawi national team coach, Kinnah Phiri, who has faced heavy criticism following frequent draws which has seen the team playing eight games without a win, has started hitting back at his critics.
Kinnah was reacting to recent remarks by former Football Association of Malawi (FAM) administrator George Kaudza Masina who like most other Malawians expressed concerns with the national team’s poor showing.
The coach said Kaudza Masina and other people are refusing to appreciate the achievements he has made after taking over the leadership of the team.
“People like Kaudza Masina just criticize for the sake of it. They do not appreciate when the team does well. Why does he not comment when the team does well?” The Nation daily quoted the coach.
He further boosted that during his tenure he has achieved a lot including taking the Flames to African Cup of Nations competition in 2010 after 26 years.
Kinnah also claimed to be a well to do person and that he cannot suffer even if he stands down from his position.
“I am well to do. Even if I were to quit coaching the national, I would not suffer. I agreed to coach the team because of the love of my country and that is why I accepted the small amount (that I was offered)” Kinnah is quoted saying.
However, Kaudza Masina has refused to have personal grudges against the coach, saying he only wishes the Flames success as that will make the country proud.
Meanwhile, Kinnah Phiri has urged Malawians to forget the past and forge ahead as the Flames are looking for revenge against Chad.
The two sides meet this Saturday at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre with the visitors having an advantage after winning the first leg 3-2 in Ndjamena, Chad.