Flames coach Young Chimodzi has called for a more aggressive approach to this year’s Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup scheduled for South Africa’s North-West Province from May 17 to 30.
The Flames have not won the cup since its inception in 1997, largely due to weak approach to the regional football showpiece, Chimodzi told Cosafa website on Friday.
Malawi has, in the last two editions, failed to get past the quarter-final stage.
“Yes, I think in the past we haven’t been aggressive enough in our approach to the competition. This year we are going for the win,” Chimodzi is quoted as having said on www.cosafa.com.
“We have good preparation time this year some four or five weeks, which I believe means we can make a greater impact. You need that time, to have the players get together and to work with them. The time that has been given to us is adequate. I hope this means we cannot fail making it to the end.”
It is arguably the first time that Chimodzi will lead the Flames at the Cosafa Cup. Malawi reached the final twice in 2002 and 2003 under the tutelage of Dane Kim Splidsboel, then Englishman Alan Gillet; losing 4-0 and 4-1 over two legs to South Africa and Zimbabwe respectively.