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Meck Mwase races against time


Dan Makiyi

Malawi national football team coach Meck Mwase has said he does not have adequate time to implement his philosophy.

Mwase was speaking on Times Television’s Breakfast Live show yesterday after his charges were held to a goalless draw by Zimbabwe’s Warriors at Mpira Stadium on Sunday.

The draw came four days after the Flames lost to Zambia’s Chipolopolo Boys 1-0 at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.

Mwase said he was concentrating on securing positive results during his year-long tenure as his philosophy requires time to be implemented.

“I am working on getting results by the end of my contract in January next year. If I start deploying my philosophy then we will not achieve anything. Which coach can devise a team’s philosophy in one year?” he asked.

In Afcon qualifiers Mwase has led the Flames to a 1-0 win over South Sudan but lost to Uganda’s Cranes 2-0. The Flames will play against Burkina Faso back to back before return matches against Uganda and South Sudan. In 2022 World Cup qualifiers Malawi will face Ivory Coast, Mozambique and Cameroon in home and away ties.

Meanwhile, a member of the Football Association of Malawi technical subcommittee Kelvin M’mangisa, who once coached the senior team, said Mwase’s team lacks cohesion.

“We can draw a lot of positives from the performance against Zimbabwe. There were some flashes of individual brilliance but the team was disjointed. There was no coordination,” he said.

Developmental coach Dan Makiyi, who is a National Youth Football Association General Secretary, said Mwase did not utilise his squad fully.

“We brought in Andrew Maliselo from Kenya only to give him three minutes. I feel the boy should have been given more minutes as we already know players like Frank [Gabadinho] Mhango, Gerald Phiri Jnr and Richard Mbulu. We would have loved to see some players like Nixon Nyasulu and others,” he said.

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