Njabulo Ngidi
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28 May 2015
3:09 pm

Chimodzi happy with Cosafa Cup progress

Njabulo Ngidi

Malawi coach Young Chimodzi is glad that his Flames will continue burning in the Cosafa Cup, even though it is one more match when they contest the plate final with Zambia at the Royal Bafokeng Sport Palace on Friday.

Young Chimodzi, coach of Malawi. (Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix)

The Malawians reached this stage after a 5-4 win over Bafana Bafana in penalties where the match ended goalless in 90 minutes.

Chimodzi is using this tournament to prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers which they begin against Zimbabwe in the group where they also have Guinea and Swaziland.

The mentor has found a good balance between youth and experience in a team where there are seven players born in 1993 and three born in 1992 in the 20-man squad.

“This is good preparation for the Afcon,” Chimodzi said.

“We would have love to have started from the group stage. That would have meant that our players would finish the tournament having played six games. The three games though will helps us when we meet Zimbabwe on the 12th of June. The league has just started for the local guys. They have played three or four games. The concern would have been around the players who are based in South Africa where the league has ended. They needed to rest but one or two games won’t hurt them.”