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Football Association of Malawi (Fam) President Walter Nyamilandu has told Flames critics to shut up.

After Flames famous 2-1 victory over Zimbabwe on Friday, Nyamilandu went to the dressing room to meet the players and made sensational claims.

In a video that has gone viral on social media, the flamboyant Fam boss said it was high time the critics kept quiet.

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“Social media shut down!. Tell social media to shut down. They underrated us but we silenced them,” Nyamilandu said.

However, Nyamilandu was not readily available for his comment yesterday.

Probably, Nyamilandu was reacting to social media criticism after the Flames 1-0 loss to Guinea in the opening match on Monday last week.

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Again, several Malawians expressed disappointment with the unavailability of the Flames replica kits after the 2-1 win over Zimbabwe.

Several Malawians wrote on social media, that Fam had missed an opportunity to generate revenue through the sale of replicas during the tournament.

Sports analyst George Kaudza-Masina described Nyamilandu’s statements as unfortunate.

“It is not honourable for him to behave in that way. Let us take criticism positively. The national team belongs to all Malawians. He is just there as a servant of the game and he does not own the team,” Kaudza-Masina said.

Malawi will face Senegal in the last group match tomorrow in Cameroon.

A win for Malawi will automatically earn them a place in the knock-out stage for the first time.

However, the Flames can also qualify for the round of 16 as best losers.

Top two teams from each group will automatically reach the knock-out stages and will be joined by overall four best losers from the six groups.

The Orlando Pirates striker Gabadinho Mhango made history by becoming the first Malawian player to score two goals at the Afcon finals.

Mhango has joined former Flames striker Russell Mwafulirwa for the most two goals at the Afcon finals.

Some of the Malawi players that scored for the Flames at Afcon finals are Davie Banda, Elvis Kafoteka and Clifton Msiya.

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