Flames interim coach Mario Marinica says despite the Flames’ impressive performance at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, there is still a long way to go.
The Romanian tactician was commenting on the way forward after the continental showpiece.
He said: “The performance was fantastic. I kind of expected that because we have a lot of talent in the country.
“However, we still have lots of gaps and it’s not easy to fill them in a month. These countries that do very well at Afcon and World Cup have years and years of experience with a lot of players that play in top European leagues and some are drafted into the system as coaches.
“But we are on the right track and I can see light at the end of the tunnel.
“So, going forward won’t be easy because we need to pull the country together to start implementing the philosophy from the grass roots all the way to Super League.
“This way these players will be ready for international action. They will be ready and much better prepared physically and psychologically.
“They will be ready to communicate and work for each other and physically compete. These things need to be practised at club level so that we move in the right direction.”
Writing on his Facebook page, football analyst David Kanyenda said the Flames had given hope of becoming regular Afcon qualifiers.
Reads the post in part: “Buoyed by the Afcon outstanding performance and satisfactory results, Flames should be in pole position to qualify for the next Afcon.
“The gains and experience from this journey will bear fruit especially when Flames qualify again. We don’t want another 10-year wait for another Afcon outing. Big up to the entire team!”
Another analyst George Chiusiwa posted on his Facebook page, saying the team has potential to become a formidable force.
“A huge and momentous feat it was by making it to the last 16. The Flames, you made us smile. We made history. We will never forget this achievement. Numerous positives can be drawn. We have a bright and promising future with this route we have taken.
“The Malawi national football team isn’t the same. Huge lessons and inspirational experiences for the country’s football at this tournament. We will surely build from this great experience at the 2021 Afcon finals as we move our football forward in a bid to reap more from the sport.”