We will not relax-Fazili


Flames Assistant Coach, Lovemore Fazili, has said the postponement of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers will not make the team relax.

The Flames were scheduled to face Burkina Faso on March 26 in Ouagadougou before hosting them on March 31 at Kamuzu Stadium.

However, Fazili said the technical panel would propose continued preparations.


“It is good that the games have been postponed and we cannot complain but we are not taking chances. We have other tournaments also coming up so we will still be active,” he said.

Fazili was in charge of the Flames during the 1-0 loss to Zambia in an international friendly match on Thursday in the absence of Head Coach Meck Mwase who is in the Netherlands for a two-week attachment.

The former Silver Strikers coach said they would rectify mistakes noted against Zambia.


“We played a good game against Zambia as we were trying how to defend especially in away games. But we are on the right track,” he added.

Meanwhile, Fam president Walter Nyamilandu, said the association was relieved with Caf’s action after postponing all 2021 Afcon qualifiers that were scheduled for this month end.

“It is the most sensible thing to do because the Coronavirus has now become a pandemic. It is spreading very fast. For us it is a huge relief because we were very concerned about the safety of our players and officials. We were in touch with the Ministry of Health to establish the situation in Burkina Faso. We were not too comfortable to proceed without having any clearance.

“This has come at a time when we were trying to make sure that our players and officials should be very safe,” he said on Friday soon after Caf announced the postponement of the qualifiers.

Nyamilandu said Fam would wait for Caf’s directive before the Flames regroup to continue with their preparations.

“The players will break camp. They are coming in from Zambia and will return to their clubs. We will regroup at an appropriate time when the new dates and fixtures are announced.

The Flames are third in Group B of the Afcon qualifiers after collecting three points from two games. Malawi defeated South Sudan 1-0 at Kamuzu Stadium but lost 2-0 away to Uganda in Kampala.

Uganda lead the group with four points from two games at par with Burkina Faso but the Cranes have a better goal difference.

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