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We’re behind—Yasin Osman

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Be Forward Wanderers’ veteran Coach, Yasin Osman, has said the dismal performance of his team and Masters Security FC in continental competitions over the weekend is food for thought to the country’s football fraternity.

Osman was reacting to Wanderers’ 4-0 loss to AS Vita of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the first-leg match of Confederation of African Football (Caf) Champions League’s preliminary round played at Kinshasa’s Omnisports Stade des Martyrs on Sunday.

Speaking to Times Television upon touch down at Chileka Airport in Blantyre on Tuesday afternoon, Osman said all local football stakeholders have to learn from how teams such as Vita manage their affairs.

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“It would be a tall order for us to overturn the four-goal deficit. Obviously, they won’t come to Malawi to lose. They can lose but it would be difficult for us to beat them.

“If you compare how our players perform, you can see the difference. The results should not demoralise us, but we must learn from this experience. We need to change the way we run football across the board for us to reach their [Vita’s] level,” said Osman, whose side hosts Vita next Wednesday at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.

Masters also lost 5-0 to Atletico Petroleos de Luanda in Angola on Saturday in the Caf Confederation Cup preliminary round first-leg match. Petroleos will come for the return leg on Tuesday.

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National Coaches Association Chairperson, Stuart Mbolembole, separately, echoed Osman’s opinion, saying there was need to professionalise local football to match international standards.

Former Nyasa Big Bullets defender, George Nyirenda, said local players are not fit enough to match their foreign counterparts.

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