Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Technical Director Marian Mario Marinica is preaching ‘Playing Fast and Very Fast Football’ philosophy but some soccer analysts have questioned his team’s style of play.
The analysts expressed their discontent after watching the Malawi Under-23 National Football Team through live streaming in the 3-0 loss to Togo in an international friendly at Darman Sports Complex in Antalya, Turkey, on Monday.
All Malawi national football teams are known for playing entertaining football.
However, Marinica has brought a new philosophy which includes thinking fast, acting fast and moving fast.
Additionally, the team should be well prepared and organised.
Sports analyst Peterkins Kayira said the style of play against Togo was “boring” as the team was playing “too many” long balls.
“We did not play entertaining football. I do not know what he wants to achieve. Against Kuwait, we played young boys that is why we dominated them. But against Togo the play was awful,” Kayira said.
Malawi beat Kuwait 2-0 in the opening match before the 3-0 defeat to Sparrow Hawks of Togo. Another sports analyst, George Chiusiwa, who watched the match on You Tube, said Marinica needs more time for his philosophy to be embraced by all national football teams.
“We need to consider that the youngsters were hurriedly assembled; so, it is too early to conclude that he has instilled his philosophy in the boys,” Chiusiwa said.
“We should not focus on the game against Togo because it was a different performance from that against Kuwait. There was coordination and good play,” he added.
Marinica was also in charge of the Flames senior team during the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals in Cameroon early this year.
During the Afcon, he, alongside coach Meck Mwase, guided the team to the Round of 16 at Afcon in which the Flames lost 2-1 to Morocco.
However, the Romanian said there were positive lessons from the two matches against Kuwait and Togo.
“It was a learning curve and the results do not matter,” Marinica said.
Before the two matches in Turkey, Marinica named a 26-member squad comprising two senior players namely Charles Petro and Francisco Madinga but the rest of the players were Malawi-based.
But Madinga did not make it due to visa complications.