MALAWI FOOTBALL: Flames coach Tom Saintfiet met his predecessor Kinnah Phiri at MountSoche in Blantyre on Friday in a consultative meeting ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Nigeria.

The meeting comes after the Belgian coach had heaped praise on Kinnah when he was unveiled in Lilongwe describing the former  Flames tactician as one of the best coaches in the region.

RESILIENCE: Super Eagles Oladapo Olufemi (C) vies for the ball with Ivory Coast’s players during the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying match on July 27, 2013 at the Robert-Champroux Stadium in Abidjan. Ivory Coast defeated Nigeria 2 - 0.  Nigeria qualify on 4-3 aggregate. PHOTO AFP
RESILIENCE: Super Eagles Oladapo Olufemi (C) vies for the ball with Ivory Coast’s players during the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying match on July 27, 2013 at the Robert-Champroux Stadium in Abidjan. Ivory Coast defeated Nigeria 2 – 0. Nigeria qualify on 4-3 aggregate. PHOTO AFP

The coach sought advice from Kinnah, who managed to hold Nigeria in the first leg at Kamuzu Stadium, through a late equaliser from substitute John Banda.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) General Secretary Suzgo Nyirenda confirmed that the meeting between the two coaches took place.

“The coach said he wanted to meet local coaches in a consultative meeting. It’s something normal. That’s what coaches do. When you are new in a job you consult other coaches and try to work with them,” Nyirenda said.

“In fact, the coach has already met Jack Chamangwana, Young Chimodzi, John Kaputa and on Friday, yes he met Kinnah.”

Though the General Secretary could not give details of the meetings, he confirmed that the meetings were focusing on the Flames World Cup qualifier against Nigeria. So far the coach has lost two games  against Zimbabwe and Angola at recently concluded Cosafa Cup.

But before the World Cup qualifier against Nigeria, the Flames play a strength-testing match on August 14 possibily against Ethiopia or Jordan.

 

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