The Malawi Under 17 football team is back from Mauritius where they took part in the just ended COSAFA junior competition and did not come back empty handed as they won the third play-off and received bronze medal.
Speaking upon arrival at Blantye- Chileka International Airport, Junior Flames Head Coach Declerk Msakakuona said the nation should be proud of the team with the achievement they have made.
“These boys are our heroes,” he said.
“ It’s not easy to play as a unit having been together for a short period of time. But they showed real maturity from day one up to the last game and I can assure the nation that one day, these boys will achieve great things,” said Msakakuona.
Msakakuona, who is also a Blue Eagles Coach appealed to the Football Association of Malawi to come up with proper plans on how to keep the team intact.
He said if the current under 17 squad can be kept for 3-5 years, Malawi will be a force to reckon in future.
In his remarks, FAM Chief Executive Office Suzgo Nyirenda echoed Msakakuona ‘s sentiments and said the association has plans to keep the team intact.
“We have plans to maintain this team. We have already written FIFA for support and very soon we will announce what we have for this crop. In October this year, we want this team to take part in the Junior CECAFA competition and we have already written CECAFA to consider us,” said Nyirenda.
The Junior Flames beat Madagascar in the opening match of the competition before losing to a senior Zambian team in their second group match.
However, they thumped Kenya 5 nil to qualify for the semifinals where they lost only on post match penalties.
The team went on to win bronze medal after clinching third spot following another win over Kenya.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :