Malawi gave us a tough game, says Zim coach

Zimbabwe national football head coach Ian Gorowa said Malawi were no pushovers despite crashing to a t 4-1 loss in a friendly game played on Wednesday at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

Gorowa said they were not flattered with the result but lauded his charges for the convincing victory.

“It was a tough contest and we respect Malawi. It was important to win,” Gorowa said.

“To us it was not about the result which matters but the performance because the whole point was trying some combinations in the team.”

Gorowa: malawi is a good side.-Photo credit - Kick-Off
Gorowa: malawi is a good side.-Photo credit – Kick-Off

The Zimbabwean coach said he was delighted to see players scoring goals.

“We have problems in scoring and I am happy that they did it. Our defence is always solid but scoring is a problem,” he said.

He said the game was good for Africa Cup of Nation 2015 Morocco finals qualifying games preparations.

His counterpart Young Chimodzi rued the missed chances but declined to apportion the blame on individual players particularly goalkeepers Simplex Nthala who was substituted after conceding two goals in the 68th minute for Charles Swini who also let in two goals.

“We had some good chances but we failed to take them and when we equalised the game would have turned around,” Chimodzi said.

“But after conceding that second goal the players were demoralised.”

Chiomodzi said the game had given him food for thought on the selection of his players.

“We wanted to give him [Simplex Nthala] a chance just as we did to other players but we cannot blame him. We lost as a team not individuals,” Chimodzi, who has taken over the team, said.

Zimbabwe handed Malawi a hiding 4-1 loss with three goals scored in the second half.

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