By Draxon Maloya
Nyamilandu Hails the Flames
The football Association of Malawi (FAM) President Dr Walter Nyamilandu has saluted the Malawi National soccer team for the spirited performance that enabled the team to beat the Zebras of Botswana by a goal to nil in the preliminary world cup qualifier played at the Kamuzu stadium on Tuesday.
Speaking on Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Television Nyamilandu said it is more than sweeter to win games when playing at home because that is the only way of restoring the excitement and encouragement to the spectators and the nation as a whole.
“Today we have used our home ground advantage; it is an exciting story which is the very good moment for the fans and entire Malawi,
“It has taken experience to build such a sparkling good team from back to front, am extremely excited with the performance of the youngsters, they have shown that they are ready to compete at a bigger stage, this team needs support,” Nyamilandu said.
The FAM President further assured the team that his association is very prepared to support the team morally and financially as they compete in both the African cup of Nations (Afcon) and the World Cup qualifiers.
“We are ready for this challenge, financially and technically we need a bigger pool of players, you know it won’t be easy we have the world cup being played at the same time as the Afcon is also being played and am very confident that we shall go all the way,” Nyamilandu concluded.
And in his comment the Flames assistant coach Lovemore Fazili commended the boys for showing character and determination in a hard fought game which he described as crucial and decisive.
“It is sweet to give the fans what they have been asking for for a long time, and beating Botswana a team which is hungry for wins is not all that easy, but we had to attack more in the second half so as to win this crucial game which was also deciding moment for our world cup football in the group stages,” Fazili said.
Gerald Phiri Junior scored the lone goal of the game in the 80th minute for Malawi to book a ticket into the 2020 Qatar World Cup group stages from the penalty spot which was awarded after Yamikani Chester was brought down in the penalty box by one of the Zebras defenders.