Sailesi cherishes man of the match award, not ashamed for not speaking English

Malawi national football team once again broke the hearts of the soccer fans after settling for a careless goalless draw against less fancied Mauritius in the Cosafa Castle Cup group A match in South Africa when it was least expected of them but the consolation was a man-of-the-match performance from Daliso Sailesi.

Salilesi: I play football not English

It was a painful result having put up a brave fight with courage, determination and confidence which were missing ingredients the game against Tanzania in which they lost 2-0.

The approach and confidence displayed by the players who were called duty left tongue wagging as they took the game to the islanders.

Malawi missed golden chances just as in the Tanzania game with Nyasa Big Bullets forward Sailesi slowly developing into a flicker of hope for the cold Flames with a five star performance.

Sailesi, who was top contender for man of match award in the Tanzania game only to be outdone by two-goal hero Yahiya Ramadhan, got it right in the Mauritius game.

He huffed and puffed throughout the game and yet his work rate never gave in to fatigue to get the ultimate prize, which typified the visible transformation of the team’s renaissance under the Belgian tactician Ronny Van Geneugden’s arduous project to around the team’s fortunes.

It was also a consolation for the Flames who have been technically booted out of the tournament while they were considered among favourites to go all the way.

With one point sitting at the base of Group A from two games their last game against three time champions Angola is nothing other than a formality as a win would not guarantee them a place in the quarterfinals to face hosts South Africa.

Just as RVG said during the post match interview he was impressed with the performance of the team and at the same time disappointed with the failure to match the performance with the much needed winning result.

The man of the match made Sailesi US$250 (about K200,000) that goes with the award.

But Sailesi has been subject of talk on social media for his choice to turn to vernacular Chichewa in an interview with SuperSport TV after being awarded man-of-the match.

“It doesn’t bother me. I play football am not a talk show host,” he said.

Van Geneugeden  commended Sailesi for great performance.

“He is a fine product,” he said.

RVG made four changes to the team that lost to Tanzania.

He maintained Ernest Kakhobwe in goals, John Lanjesi, Dennis Chembezi, Stanley Sanudi, Ian Chinyama  in defence while Levison Maganizo, Chikoti Chirwa, Daliso Sailesi, Micium Mhone crammed the midfield with Jabulani Linje and Innocent Bokosi upfront.


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Sailesi, Osadandaula ndi awo kuti sutha chizungu even player wa Tanzania nayenso anayankhula chakwawo chiswahili komabe anamusankha man of the match pamene nagoletsa chigoli cha Tanzania kuchinya Bafana bafana 1-0. Chizungu sichiponya mpira koma mwendo ndikuganiza ndikumene kumamuchititsa kukhala katswiri pa ground. Wooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Keep up it Dali zabwino ziri mtsogolo.


Whether speaking Chichewa or English it does not concerne anyone Dalitso ndi Dalitso basi will never change @ all,you go to Spain there is Messi there,he doesn’t speak English but is rich,so whats fun with Dalitso? leave the guy alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mukamadzinamiza kuti English is not a problem muzafa osauka. This is an era of the global village and people with the ability to communicate in international languages are the ones who are successful. Kapenatu mpira wake udzathera ku Malawi komkuno nanga olo atapita ku Jozi chichewacho azikalankhula ndi ndani? Mumuone Gaba the good English he’s talking now kuti mutsimikize kuti language is important. If the who Mozambique is encouraging its people to start speaking English nde kapunthabuye ngati iwe ndi ndani. Kapena tengani Joe Gwaladi, Mkasa or even the comedian Mr. Jokes then muwafananitsa nde Tay Grin, Faith Mussa or… Read more »
Manoma big supporter
abale and amalawi. what is your problem by your own player speaking in chichewa yet you spent your time watching EPL yaanthu ambiri oti english sathoka but they are starts. lets support our own. palibedi nkhani apa. mwana uyu mpira amatha basi. wina afune asafune. i am a noma fun but i do apreciate zabwino. these guys were representing the country not a mere club as some of you thin. takulani amalawi. when are you going to start supporting your own blood.nanga akadalankhula chitonga? or tumbuka? or yawo? or lomwe?sena? mukadati chani? lets motivate them. i really liked both his… Read more »

A malaw ntchito kunyoza basi havent you seen players from south africa speaking there own mother tongue so whats wrong with sailesi

Chisomo Moses

He who says those who speak English went to school is idiot,coz English is language just like Chichewa.Can we judge a white man ignorant coz he doesn’t speak Chichewa?


thats more of a nyasi bibi bulesi player, no wonder, alimi, za fodya ndalama, muli achina fodya, kabichi, kakhobwe…. english nka chani kwa timui? a. kana’jie akuuzeni bho!


What is English in football? Za ziiii, Dalitso ndi footballer,


Kkkkkkkkiest is footage


Chichewa sanalakwitse. Even Diego Costa had to learn English language, the same with Juggen Klopp when they got jobs in England. They only knew Spanish and german languages. Palibe nkhani apa. Skill is money not language.

L khetem

Mediocrty is our take; how would you talk of good play when you have a draw against a less fancied team?

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