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John Maduka wants Flames continuity

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By Williams Gondwa, Durban, South Africa:

MADUKA—You cannot always win

Malawi national football team former striker, John Maduka, has urged Football Association of Malawi (Fam) to maintain the Flames squad that is competing at the Cosafa Cup in South Africa.

Maduka made the remarks after watching the Flames beat Seychelles 3-0 at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi, Durban, on Sunday.

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The former Silver Strikers forward, who had an illustrious career in the Premier Soccer League with Umtata Bush Bucks, Zulu Royal and Bloemfontein Celtic, said the team played with a purpose.

“It is really nice to see young players coming into the team as well as youthful coaches. I am so happy and proud to be a Malawian to see these boys displaying good football. They played well and responded to whatever the coaches told them with a lot of energy and urgency. We just hope that we will qualify for the knockout stages,” he said.

Maduka said Fam should invest in the team so that it should stay focused.

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“It is important for the association to support these guys and remember that, when you are building a new team, you cannot always win so you need to be patient. These boys are competing with teams that have got everything out there. So, these boys must have everything so that when they go out there, they must think about football and not the other stuff,” he said.

Meanwhile, Fam first vice-president, James Mwenda, encouraged the team to aim for victory when they meet Mozambique Thursday.

The Flames were playing against Namibia as we went to press yesterday.

Meanwhile, Director of Football in the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, Kinnah Phiri, who is a former Flames coach, also paid tribute to the team for their winning start.

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