Mario Marian Marinica off to Saudi Arabia


By Isaac Salima

Flames coach Mario Marian Marinica leaves the country today for Saudi Arabia to attend a conference where, among others, he will make a presentation on how the Malawi National Football Team qualified for the 2022 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals using meagre resources.

Marinica said he has been asked to make the presentation at the coaches conference on how the Flames qualified to the knockout stage of the competition and managed to hold African heavyweights Senegal.


“Among others the conference will discuss player development and football elite performance planning,” Marinica said.

Sports analyst George Kaudza Masina being a coaches conference, Marinica as the Flames coach is supposed to attend.

“People might look at Marinica not to be the right person for such a presentation but it has to be appreciated that it is the office of the Malawi National Coach which has been invited and not an individual per se.


“An official office shall always remain as such that whoever comes, takes the responsibility of what happens at that particular time. Others might be of the view that it could have been Meck Mwase going to Saudi Arabia forgetting that Mwase is no longer part of the Flames technical set up,” he said.

Kaudza Masina said Mwase was submitting game reports to Fam, who are going to write a report, which Marinica is going to present on behalf of the association.

The Flames made their third appearance at the Afcon football fiesta that took place in Cameroon in January this year and were paired against Senegal, Zimbabwe and Guinea.

Malawi beat Zimbabwe 2-1, held Senegal 0-0 and lost to Guinea 0-1 but managed to qualify to the round of 16 stages for the first time.

The Flames were eliminated in the knockout stage after losing 2-1 to Morocco.

However, the team’s forward Gabadinho Mhango scored a spectacular long-range goal in the loss to Morocco that was nominated for Caf Goal of the Year Award.

Mhango’s goal was shortlisted in the top three but Senegal’s Pape Ousmane Sakho’s goal which he scored for his club Simba FC of Tanzania in Caf Confederation Cup in a 3-1 win over Asec Mimosa was declared the best.

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