Malawi football teams in deficit of strikers

By Penelope Paliani Kamanga

MALAWI football teams, including the national team, have a serious deficit of strikers, a move that has led to the country’s Flames failing to qualify for international tournaments, Be-forward Wanderers supporters general secretary, Coxely Kamange, said this week.

Backing the new national team expatriate coach, Ronny Van Geneugden in the face of the team’s poor run in his three games in charge, Kamange said for the a long time Malawi was lacking strikers who can score goals to make the team win.

He said instead of only focusing on the coaches it was also the player’s duty to be committed to help their teams win games.

“Most teams do not have strong strikers, they mostly rely on defenders to score goals and that is why we are lacking goals and you cannot blame the coaches when the players are not scoring goals. Since Chiukepo Msowoya, who was joint second top goal scorer last season with 16 goals left the people’s team, Bullets has been struggling to score as well as the national team, “ he said.

His comments comes in the wake of a deluge of criticism levelled at coaches, including Malawi’s flagship football league, TNM Super League teams such as Nyasa Big Bullets, Civil Sporting Club and Dwangwa United.

And to top it all Bullets, one of the country’s most decorated teams, has since issued a five-game ultimatum to its Burundian coach Nsazwirimo Ramadhan after a poor start characterised by their exit in the inaugural Airtel Top 8 tournarnment, while at Civo the newly recruited coach Franco Ndawa is yet to settle down.

Kamange said the fact that the players cannot score goals means the situation has a ripple effect to the national team’s performance.

“It’s unfair to blame the national team coach because it is the same players who are failing to score at their club,” he said.

Another interested party, John Chiudzu, said that it was indeed high time the country invested on properly training the prayers.

He said most of the times they want the players to perform magic yet not so much is invested on the players.

Just a month ago, the Flames hopes to participate in the 2018 Championship of African Nations vanished into thin air when they fell 1-0 against lowly rated Madagascar in a second leg tie played at the Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.

June 2017
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