Malawi squad set for overhaul – Coach Saintfiet

Malawi coach Tom Saintfiet  is looking for ‘ambitious players’ to help the Flames  qualify for next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

Saintfient disclosed on Tuesday that he will carry out a radical overhaul of the Malawi squad.

He made the disclosure following the disappointing performance against Angola in Lusaka on Tuesday.

Malawi lost 2-3, effectively booted out of the Cosafa Castle Cup tournament.

The 40-year-old  tactician was angry at the lacklustre display.  Saintfeit has decided that he has to create a new Malawi team without the baggage of previous failures. He has concluded that the only chance of success is to make changes.

Saintfiet has hinted at major changes to the Malawi team
Saintfiet has hinted at major changes to the Malawi team

“l want to bring in players who match the hunger for success ,” he said in Kitwe, Zambia after Malawi were sent packing.

“Football is about results,” the Belgian said as his reign has started with two consecutive defeats in the tournament.

“I am very disappointed,” he conceded, adding “If you don’t score your opportunities and give goals away like this, you can’t win.”

Saitnfiet said Malawi did not deserve to lose the match against Angola which they led and also dominated play.

“It’s unacceptable to lose this match,” he said.

The Belgian was appointed at the start of July on a two-month deal, tasked with steering The Flames past Nigeria in their final Group F qualifier on 6 September – a win would put them through to the play-offs.

He said the Cosafa tournament has given him chance to see what to do when the team starts preparations for the Nigeria match.

Saintfiet remains confident he can get the required result against Nigeria.

“I am determined to succeed,” he said, adding “Malawi can go to the World Cup.”

However, former Flames captain Peter ‘Mjojo’ Mponda has said there is a lot to be done if the Flames are to realise their ambitious dream of upsetting the tables against Nigeria’s Super Eagles in September.

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