15 June 2012

Malawi/Chad: Coach Kinna Phiri Working On Finishing

Malawi 'Flames' coach has told Cafonline.com that he is confident his charges will finally get it right on finishing when his team hosts Chad this Saturday at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

This is the same venue where the Flames rescued a point very late in the game against Nigeria in a 2014 World Cup qualifier last week.

Nigeria defender Gabriel Reuben scored in the 89th minute to give the Super Eagles what appeared like maximum points but Malawi super substitute John Banda stepped off the bench to notch the equaliser in the last kick of the game.

Now Kinnah Phiri is desperate for a win having gone five games without a victory and believes his team has no other option but to win against Chad who arrived in Malawi on Wednesday to acclimatise ahead of the match.

"We are focusing on finishing. We are getting most things right but our finishing has been a let down. May be it is time to gamble on the up and coming players as some of the experienced players have not come to the party when we needed them most. There is no need for panicking.

We need a win against Chad and I am encouraged by the positive response from the players. Everything is possible. We have to turn a new page, move from the disappointment of the match against Nigeria and win this game . I believe in my boys that they will do a good job. Nothing is lost yet," Kinnah said.

The Malawi mentor admitted that he is mindful of the threat that Chad pose as they managed to beat the Flames 3-2 away in the first leg that was played in February.

The Flames, in that first leg, relied on the goals from South Africa-based striker Atusaye Nyondo who scored a brace. Much will also be expected from the SuperSport forward Nyondo who is fresh from a relatively successful league season.

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