Malawi National Football Team Coach, Ronny van Geneugden, has patted his charges on the back for their spirited performance as they beat Togo 1-0 in a strength testing match on Monday at Agadir Stadium in Morocco.
The coach said the Flames showed a lot of patriotism to defend their 1-0 lead in the high tempo game, which was characterised by flaring tempers.
The Flames looked resolute in defence as they defended the goal, which Richard Mbulu scored in the 15th minute.
This is how the Flames’ players performed against Togo who featured seasoned players, such as Emmanuel Adebayor.
Charles Swini: He had an outstanding game. He had a good sense of judgment. He knew when to come out of the goal-line to cut crosses.
Stanley Sanudi: Despite his diminutive height, the right-back frustrated towering Togo defenders. He consistently overlapped to add pressure upfront.
Limbikani Mzava: The Flames Captain commanded his line of defence with dexterity. He reduced Turkey-based Adebayor to a peripheral figure.
Dennis Chembezi: The lad with a lion’s heart partnered well with Mzava. On several occasions, he out-jumped towering Togo strikers to clear balls. He is proving to be a reliable centre-back.
Yamikani Fodya: He had difficulties in coping up with pressure from the speedy Togolese hunters. He was exposed in the first-half but picked up his game in the second-half.
Chikoti Chirwa: As a holding midfielder, he was the heart and soul of Malawi’s midfield. He was aggressive throughout the game and gave his opponents tough time. His prowess added stability to the back-four.
Robert Ng’ambi: The coach featured him in his rightful free-role with Chikoti doing the dirty work. He orchestrated a lot of moves from midfield.
Dalitso Sailesi: He left most of the Togolose wondering because of his deceiving tiny stature. He started the game slowly but later picked up with terrific speed and excellent dribbles. He lost a glorious opportunity after breaking through the Togolese defence.
Gabadinho Mhango: He did not play his usual game. He lost his cool and was involved in a bust up with Adebayor. He also misplaced some passes. He was substituted for John Banda.
Banda: His terrific runs on the left wing mounted pressure on the Togolese who started relying on counter attacks.
Gerlad Phiri junior: He had a lukewarm game unlike in the previous encounter against Morocco. But he picked up his game towards the end of the second-half.
Mbulu: He was consistently aggressive upfront. He scored Malawi’s lone goal from a well taken corner kick by Phiri junior.
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