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Cosafa, Afcon hold Young Chimodzi’s future

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Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has challenged Malawi national football team coaches, Young Chimodzi and Jack Chamangwana, to win the Cosafa Cup and qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations if their contracts are to be renewed.

Fam general secretary, Suzgo Nyirenda, said the resolution was made last week during Fam’s technical subcommittee meeting in Blantyre.

“We have participated in the Cosafa Cup for a long time, but we have never won the competition. It is high time we won the Cosafa Cup,” he said.

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Nyirenda added that Fam had provided enough support to the coaches so there would be no scapegoat.

“The Malawi national team is one of the few teams that spend three weeks in camp. It is a long time for a team to prepare. We also gave them support to conduct a talent identification programme and several other programmes to help the Flames succeed. We know that every country wants to win the Cosafa Cup, but it is our goal that this year Malawi should win the Cosafa Cup,” he said.

Malawi face Mozambique in the quarterfinal of the Cosafa Cup on May 24 in South Africa.

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“Secondly, we have given the coaches a target to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of nations. The problem that we have is that we start the qualifiers on a poor note, therefore, we play the rest of the qualifiers under pressure and it is hard for us to qualify for the finals.

“This time around we want to start strongly against Zimbabwe and then win away in Swaziland so that we should go into 2016 with six points. We will then play at home against Guinea then Swaziland. If we get the 12 points we will qualify,” Nyirenda said.

Nyirenda added that the friendly matches against Zambia, South Africa and Egypt were enough to prepare the Flames for the qualifiers.

“We have about K80 million in place to help the Flames in their assignments. The South African league is also finishing soon therefore, the players will be available and there will be no excuses for not forming a strong team. We have done our part and we expect the coaches to appreciate the efforts the association has made and they should do their best,” he said.

Nyirenda said the technical subcommittee would meet on June 20 to decide the coaches’ future.

“This meeting will evaluate the coaches’ performance. We have also engaged independent football consultants to give an independent opinion on whether the coaches have achieved their targets. A decision will then be made after assessing everything,” he said.

Chimodzi earlier said his aim was to win the Cosafa Cup and build a strong team for the future.

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