Immediate past Flames mentor Ronny van Geneugden (RVG) has congratulated the Flames on reaching the quarter-finals at the ongoing Cosafa Cup in Durban, South Africa the first time in four years.
The coach, who left the scene in March this year after Football Association of Malawi (FAM) decided not to renew his contract, said he was proud that the Flames have finally hit the road after disappointing results under his reign in which he registered two wins in 22 matches.
“I am very happy. They had 65 percent ball possession and they scored three goals [in the match against Seychelles]. Keep it up,” RVG said after the Flames opening Group B game.
On Tuesday, after Malawi chalked a second victory, beating African Cup of Nations-bound Namibia 2-1, RVG also sent another congratulatory message to the Flames.
“I am very proud of the team. Everybody deserves this,” he said.
Almost all the players in Malawi Cosafa Cup squad played under RVG for two years. However, while the team played well, goals eluded RVG.
But the same players, under interim coach Meke Mwase have now scored five goals in two games as they face Mozambique in the last group match this afternoon.
Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango and Gerald Phiri Jnr have each scored two goals while Richard Mbulu has netted one.
FAM president Walter Nyamilandu also applauded the players, saying they have now come of age.
“The young team that we have been building over the past two years is eager to prove a point that it has what it takes to be champions,” he said.
Malawi face Zambia’s Chipolopolo in the quarter-finals at Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday.