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Meck Mwase courts Kinnah Phiri on Afcon

Warned on match fixing

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Kinnah Phiri

Out-of-contract Malawi National Football Team Head Coach Meck Mwase has approached the team’s former Flames mentor Kinnah Phiri for advice in readiness of next year’s Africa Cup for Nations finals slated for Cameroon.

Mwase confirmed visiting Phiri at his home in Mzuzu earlier this month, saying he wanted to learn how the former Nyasa Big Bullets coach handled the Flames at the 2010 Afcon finals in Angola.

“I wanted to inquire into some issues to do with preparations and the type of players to use. How he approached games and how I can approach the games too. I also asked him about how the situation was after arriving in Angola. I must appreciate that I have learnt a lot and I will do as advised,” he said.

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Mwase has inspired the Flames to qualify for Afcon finals for the third time whereas Kinnah was the second coach to do so in 2010, emulating the feat which the late Henry Moyo set in 1984 when Malawi first qualified for the finals.

Phiri said he felt honoured to offer advice and warned Mwase to be on guard against match-fixing.

“I was together with Mwase at Bullets during Caf competition in 2003 and 2004. We talked at length, especially on our experience in Angola. I have told him everything and I am sure the team will win more matches this time around. I have also suggested about friendly matches that Mwase can propose to the Football Association of Malawi before travelling to Cameroon,” he said.

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During the 2010 finals, Malawi started brightly, thumping Algeria 3-0 in their opening group match but failed to keep the momentum as they lost to Angola 2-0 and Mali 3-1 amid match fixing-related incidents which compromised the team’s performance.

Meanwhile, Mwase has said he is consulting other coaches for additional advice to enable the Flames to successfully compete at Afcon finals.

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