Malawi national football team is unbeaten for a year and coach Ronny Van Geneugden (RVG) says he will be proud if he maintains that record at the 2018 Cosafa Cup in Polokwane South Africa.
Ironically, RVG’s baptism of fire was at the 2017 Cosafa Cup when Malawi lost 2-0 to guests Tanzania, just three months after RVG was hired as Flames mentor.
Now for a year, the Flames threat as they prepare to face Mauritius, Angola and Botswana in Group B of this year’s Cosafa Cup edition.have not lost under RVG, but that record is under
But RVG is confident of getting out of the group stages unscathed to qualify for the quarter-finals.
“I think it is important that we maintain the unbeaten record. We haven’t lost for a year and that is what I would like to maintain. More importantly we need to win matches. We have been drawing too much in the previous matches,” he said.
The Flames arrived in Polokwane on Friday evening and are accommodated at Col John Hotel.
The team had its first two training sessions yesterday and are expected to train again today before they face Mauritius in the opening group stage game tomorrow at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Their second fixture is against Botswana on Wednesday before the last group match against Angola on Friday.
Meanwhile, the morale in camp is high. Stand in captain John Lanjesi said the players are aware of the task ahead of them.
“We know that we have been having a bad run at Cosafa Cup in the past years by failing to go past group stages. But this time we would like to at least reach the quarter-finals,” he said.