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‘Flames Focus beyond Cosafa Cup’

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Flames coach Young Chimodzi has disclosed that his focus for the Malawi national football team goes beyond the on-going Cosafa Cup in South Africa.


Chimodzi and his deputy Jack Chamangwana will attempt to lead the team its first maiden cup win in the Southern African regional tournament.


They left for South Africa on Thursday and will meet Bafana Bafana in a friendly training match on Friday before facing Mozambique on Sunday in the Cosafa Cup quarter-finals.


The coaching panel has made several changes to the squad with the coming in of a number of fresh faces, and the Flames mentor revealed that he and his colleagues’ focus is on the future.


“We’re drilling this new blood for the future. The future means the Afcon (Africa Cup of Nations) and even the other games that’re coming up,” Chimodzi said.



“We’ve seen that some of these players are the ones who can play for Malawi maybe for many years. We also include a player depending on the potential number of years he can represent his country.


“We know that we already have some old and experienced players in the team and we recognise that they will soon need to be replaced.


“We need replacements and these replacements can come in if these new guys are given a run especially while the old players are still at the peak of their powers.”


Esau Kanyenda, Joseph Kamwendo, Fischer Kondowe, Harry Nyirenda and Charles Swini are some of the longest-serving Malawi national football team players who are well past their prime.

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