Mwase for maintaining Flames squad

Flames youngsters

Despite failing to bring home the Cosafa Cup and Plate, Malawi national football men’s senior team coach Meke Mwase has said it is his wish to have the team maintained because the players have displayed good coordination and offer hope for the future.

The Flames bowed out of the Cosafa Cup in the quarter-finals after going down to Zambia in post-match penalties before qualifying for the Plate final where they also lost to South Africa on Friday.

Mwase who was in-charge of the team on a caretaker basis said he is confident in the team and appealed for more trainings and friendly games for the Flames.

“The team is coordinating well. We had hoped to grab the Cosafa Cup and Plate but failed. We have a team. Everyone has seen. The team just needs time to be together and beef up with the other players from the Under 23 team,” he said.

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Out of the six games played at the competition, the Flames did not lose any in regulation time but in post-match penalties.

While in camp preparing for the Cosafa Cup, Mwase said he deliberately included young and experienced players as a way of strengthening the team.

Despite regulars in the squad like Gabadinho Mhango, John Banda, Gerald Phiri junior, Mecium Mhone, Enerst Kakhobwe and Chikoti Chirwa, Mwase also included under-23 players Peter Banda, Hassan Kajoke, Mike Mkwate, Duncan Nyoni, Charles Petro, Chimwemwe Idana, Gomezgani Chirwa, Precious Sambani, Dennis Chembezi and Peter Cholopi.

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president expressed his delight by the Flames success and promised to reward them on their return.

“What a great spirit the Flames have shown at the Cosafa tournament. The youthful team has learnt very fast and it has displayed fantastic football. This marks a new era for the Flames. I can see light at the end of the tunnel. Go Flames. Proud of you guys,” Nyamilandu posted on his twitter account.

FAM advertised for the Flames permanent coach role to replace Belgian Ronny Van Geneugden whose contract expired in April this year.

Despite being with Flames in South Africa and missing the deadline for sending the application letter for the post, FAM said they will still give Mwase time to submit the letter.

In his reaction on the vacancy, Mwase said it is up to the football association to decide.