The sidelining of Flames up-and-coming players during Saturday’s match against Zimbabwe, frustrated Jomo Cosmos scout Ben Chiwaya who was hoping to follow up on the Malawi talent that shone at the 2015 Cosafa Cup.
Chiwaya, who after his boss JomoSono failed to turn up at the Kamuzu Stadium, represented him at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Group L qualifier for a second look at striker MuhamadSulumba.
“To determine if one is a good player, you need to watch them more than once. It was frustrating that we only watched the very same players who are already attached to teams in South Africa. I am not blaming the coaches though,” said Chiwaya who has facilitated transfers for over two generations of footballers.
“This was an ideal time to watch the players as teams in foreign leagues are on break. The match was broadcast on SuperSport television and I am sure other scouts must have also followed the action hoping to see the young ones again.”
Reports from South Africa indicated that some clubs there are hoping to watch with keen interest the exploits of Gerald Phiri Jnr, who only played in added time when coming in for Harry Nyirenda. Captain Joseph Kamwendo should have earlier come out, but he appeared to shrug off coach Young Chimodzi’s call to leave the field.
From the Cosafa Plate Division winning side, only Micium Mhone was relatively a new player to be featured in the starting XI whereas Tizgobere Kumwenda and Yamikani Fodya were on the bench.
Sulumba, who scored an equaliser against Mozambique in Cosafa Cup quarter-final, was dropped completely alongside Chikoti Chirwa (Red Lions), Bashir Maunde (Big Bullets) and Ernest Tambe (Fisd Wizards).