By Peter Kanjere:
Malawi women’s national football team Coach Abel Mkandawire must improve attack if the She-Flames are to progress at the on-going Cosafa Championship, analysts have said.
MIJ Radio sports reporter, Mwakhele Kaliande, Lucy Kadzongwe of Rainbow Television and Capital Radio’s Phinex Chidaya commented on the team’s performance following its 2-0 win over Madagascar on Wednesday in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
“However, much as we praise the girls for the win, the game exposed lack of serious preparations. Madagascar scared Malawi in the opening minutes of the game. Going into the second game, the coach must tighten the defence which was, at some point, jittery.
“The coach must work on the wings to feed strikers. As expected, the absence of Chawinga sisters, Tabitha and Temwa, was felt in the game against Madagascar,” Kaliande said.
Chidaya shared Kaliande’s observation.
“The problem was that most of the players lacked confidence. We had problems at the centre of the park and our strikers lacked composure in the last third,” Chidaya said.
“The absence of holding midfielder Madina Ngulube was felt. The team could not hold the ball in the middle. The coaches should monitor the game from the first whistle and make timely substitutions. Fitness was another problem.”
Kadzongwe praised Mkandawire for correct fielding in defence and midfield.
“The coach needs to work on set-pieces; almost all free kicks were off target, which means the players’ accuracy is questionable. Against South Africa, Malawi have an uphill task. They need to be focused and play as a team, especially upfront,” she said.
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