Flames coach Ronny van Geneugden (RVG) has confessed that the 1-0 win over Comoros on Saturday in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier, provided him some relief.
Malawi set out their campaign on a good note courtesy of Gerald Phiri Jnr’s trademark free-kick in the 32nd minute.
Sporting a designer navy-blue suit, RVG released all his emotions in his finest hour of triumph so far as he basked in the glory of his victory.
Fists clenched, eyes lit, mouth wide-opened and his face was an illustration of boundless joy after the final whistle.
“As I said earlier on, there is always pressure in this game because as a coach you want to win. The fans and your employers also expect you to win
“So, obviously I was happy to register my first win and there is some pressure off. I had a good night on Saturday, but only for that day because no we have to start planning for the upcoming games,” he said.
But the Belgian tactitian said they are not going to get carried away by a single positive result.
“There is still a mountain to climb because we have to face Cameroon and Morocco who are among Africa’s giants.
“But for now we can celebrate and say oh, we are joint leaders with Cameroon,” said RVG.
He also hopes that his charges can build up from Saturday’s victory
“There are still some areas that we need to work on, especially finishing,” he said.
Captain Limbikani ‘Pupa’ Mzava said the win was an extra motivation which they desperately needed.
“We are coming from a background of poor results. So, yes, the win was a source of inspiration as we look forward to the upcoming games [against Cameroon and Morocco] which will be very tough,” he said.