Malawi coach keeps his post despite CAN 2013 exit

Mahmoud Elassal, Monday 15 Oct 2012

Kinnah Phiri confirms he will remain in his post as Malawi coach, saying they were eliminated from CAN 2013 finals only because Ghana is a 'world-class team'

Kinnah Phiri
Malawi national football team coach Kinnah Phiri (Photo: AFP)

Malawi coach Kinnah Phiri praised the performance of Ghana national team players throughout their latest match in the 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, describing them as a "world-class team."

The Flames were eliminated from the next year’s African Nations Cup in South Africa after losing 3-0 on aggregate to Ghana.

"We lost to a world-class team with world-class players," Phiri told Ghanaian reporters after the game.

"We didn’t lose to Djibouti or some small team. We are talking about Ghana," he emphasised.

The 57-year-old tactician, who recently signed a contract extension until 2014, confirmed he won't quit his post as Malawi coach.

"I am not resigning. Why should you ask me to resign?" fumed Kinnah Phiri to a question from a Ghanaian journalist.

Kinnah also blamed Malawi supporters for their negative attitude towards his tactics in the crucial showdown.

"The tendency of Malawian supporters is not good; it’s like people came already planned that they should chant abusive songs against the coach.

"Let us give each other support and if there is any problem let us help each other in a good manner.

"We suffered very early in the game. We then had the control of possession but couldn’t create enough chances," the Malawi coach concluded.

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