Malawi under-20 national football team Coach, Meke Mwase, has attributed his team’s poor home performance to lack of support from fans and the media.
Speaking on Tuesday on arrival from Angola where the team overturned a 1-2 home defeat to beat the young Palancas Negras 4-1, Mwase said it was time the nation asked why the team delivers on the road.
“I think that is the question all of us should be asking that ‘why are the boys delivering when playing away unlike when they are at home?
“When we are writing our stories in the newspapers we have to support these boys. The [negative] messages we post in the social media disturb the players. These are young players who can easily get confused with a small issue,” Mwase said.
The junior Flames drew 0-0 against eSwatini (Swaziland) in the first-leg of the under-20 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers before registering a 1-1 draw in the return leg.
Malawi also lost 0-1 to Zambia in a warm up for the first-leg match against Angola played at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.
Some people are of the view that Bingu National Stadium is too big for the junior team.
But the junior Flames also failed to win at home, Kamuzu Stadium, in 2004 when they were two games away from qualifying for the finals of the continental competition.
In that year, Malawi won in Botswana and DRC but drew at home in both games before bowing out after losing to Zambia in the final qualifying round. .
South Africa Coach, Thabo Senong, in an interview with Kick-Off magazine over the weekend, seemed to share Mwase’s opinion.
“Football has changed – teams are now experiencing a lot of pressure at home because of expectations from their fans, so that puts them in an anxiety mode.
“I am not surprised that Malawi battled to play at home; and the same with Angola at home. You can see with our match as well – we had a good game away, and Mozambique played better than us in South Africa,” Senong is quoted as saying.
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