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Chimodzi confident of Cosafa triumph

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Malawi national football team coach Young Chimodzi says he has high confidence in the Flames’ Cosafa Cup squad.


The team’s local players left the country on Thursday and are expected to join up with their foreign-based compatriots on the same day ahead of Southern Africa’s regional tournament in South Africa.


They will join the competition at the quarter-final stage when playing Mozambique on Sunday.


Chimodzi has been challenged by the Football Association OF Malawi (FAM) to bring home the trophy for the first time in the tournament’s history.



The Flames mentor says his local players are in ideal form to win the Cosafa Cup and make history.


“For me this has been one of the best preparations we’ve ever had because we’ve stayed with the players for quite some time,” he said.


“We feel that these (players) are the ones who can help us go to South Africa and achieve Cosafa Cup glory. That’s why I’ve got so much confidence in these players.”


Asked if winning the competition this year was a realistic target, Chimodzi said: “Yes it’s possible, especially with the combination of the local and foreign-based players.


“If we put our hearts into the game and just be determined to achieve the task at hand then we’re going to do it.”



Malawi (on paper at least) have gone to the Cosafa Cup with one of their strongest squads as compared to their regional counterparts, but Chimodzi says that will not pile more pressure on the technical panel to deliver.


“It doesn’t pile pressure because all we want to do is to have a good enough team to deliver the goods,” he said.


“We cannot have a good team if we’re under pressure, so all we’re doing is to remain focused and identify whatever we want to bring out of these talented players.”

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