Malawi coach ropes in England trainer, Wadabwa crocked

In the quest to prepare for the three crucial 2014 World Cup and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, Flames coach Kinnah Phiri has asked England trainer Andy Dell to help him in drilling the his charges.

In an interview with Nyasa Times, the Flames mentor said that he persuaded Dell to help them train the players as far as their physical fitness is concerned.

“He is in the country for the football academy. Dell is an experienced person and I requested him to help us with some tactics,” said Phiri.

Dell giving the player pep talk

During Monday’s training session, Dell was spotted drilling the Flames with some tactics.

Meanwhile, South Africa based Peter Wadabwa has been ruled out for the three crucial encounters due to an injury.

Phiri confirmed with Nyasa Times that he received communication from Wadabwa and his team from the rainbow country that he sustained an injury over the weekend.

“I can confirm to you that Wadabwa won’t be involved for the games because he sustained an injury,” said Phiri.

He also said that the Flames duo of Peter ‘Mjojo’ Mponda and Tawonga Chimodzi have also been ruled out for the Kenya game because there club Santos FC will be fighting for relegation in the play offs match.

Mponda, Chimodzi and Wadabwa have joined the list of Denmark based Esau Kanyenda, who is yet to settle at his new club.

However, the Flames tactician has assured Malawians not to panic, as he emphasized that he has enough players to perform during the three games.

“People should not panic because we have enough arsenals for the three matches. My plea to Malawians is that they should rally behind us and pray for us,” said Phiri.

Even with the absence of the four key Flames players, Phiri has a pool of talented players in his squad like South African based; Moses ‘Luba’ Chavula, Dave Banda, Robert ‘Baggio’ Ng’ambi, Atusaye Nyondo and Spanish based Robin Ngalande.

Flames will leave for Tanzania this week to play two friendly matches before flying straight to Kenya to face the Harambe Stars in the World Cup qualifiers encounter on June 2.

They follow this with hosting Nigeria at Kamuzu Stadium the following weekend for another match on the road to Brazil 2014.

On the weekend of 15-17 June, Malawi entertain Chad in the second leg of their Nations Cup first round tie.

Flames training as Dell watches. Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
Flames training under Dell and Kinnah watch
Dell giving instructions to players. Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
English trainer with Flames coach

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