Mtawali justifies Chipuwa ommission, Gabadinho’s inclussion

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Malawi national football team head coach says the decision to drop Mighty Wanderers goal keeper Richard Chipuwa had something to do with communication skills in the field of play.

Chipuwa was between the sticks when Malawi played to a 2-all draw away to Swaziland in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier.

But during a press briefing at Chiwembe Technical Centre on Thursday morning where Mtawali was announcing his final 20 man squad for the team’s 2018 FIFA World Cup preliminary first leg qualifier against Tanzania next week, Chipuwa’s name was not on the list.

Instead, the Flames mentor selected Mozambican based shot stopper Simplex Nthara and Fisd Wizards’s young star Brighton Munthali for the trip. Mtawali justified the reason behind the decision.

Ernest Mtawali

Mtawali (in white) released the squad today.

“Look, the last game we played against Swaziland we drew 2-2 despite taking a lead twice. As technical staff, we fill that the team has to get better all the time and with Tanzania coming up, we sat down and decided to bring new players in.”

“Simplex trained with us for seven days and has proved to us that he can communicate with his defenders and at the same time, he can command his defenders. There was no communication between our goalkeeper in Swaziland and his defenders, that’s what we missed but Nthara has proved to us that he can do it,” said Mtawali.

He was quick to refute recent reports that the firing of goalkeeper’s trainer Phillip Nyasulu last week influenced his decision to re-call back Nthara for Chipuwa.

“There is no such a thing. What we lacked in Swaziland was communication between Chipuwa and his defenders. He is not a bad goalkeeper and is still part of the Flames,” he explained.

On his team’s preparations ahead of the match, the mentor said:

“We have been drilling them on the formation which will be used in Tanzania and we worked on shot falls we experienced in Swaziland.”

“We have prepared well for the game. We will take the game to them, holding ball possession and defending with caution. Tanzania is a very good side and we need to be carefull in all sectors on the field of play,” he continued.

richard chipuwa

Chipuwa dropped.

He also defended the decision to pick Gabadinho Mhango despite his lengthy absence on the sideline due to injuries.

“He was not playing for the team because of injuries but I was updated by his Bloemfontein Celtic coach who told me that the player is ready for the national team duties because he has been training with the reserve side after recovering from the injuries so I know how he plays and I am very confident that he will fit in well with fellow youngsters,” he concluded.

Malawi will play Tanzania on 7 October at Benjamin Mukapa National Stadium before a return leg on 11 October at Kamuzu Stadium.

The winner will play Algeria in the preliminary second-round qualifier before making it into the group stages.

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  1. aliyense mwamutaya paulendo wa ku Tanzania,osamuyitananso pa game yapa 11 kuti adzakuthandizeni but ,i dont think the team will deliver.The best result could be a draw.

  2. The Wolfsburg Goalkeeper conceded 5 goals in second half againts Bayern but he is still in goals.Ernest keeps on saying I’m building a team,we want results not a “bilidala”

  3. Fundoless ngati cmmctn imabvuta bwanji osangomuuza zoenera kuchita kusiyana ndikuyankhula yankhula zopanda tsabola apa,, nanga Nthara yonso akakabalalika mudzathokanso mbwerera,,,,,,,,.player kumene amabalalika iyeyo sioyambai kumangofunika kumuuza basi…..

  4. Kudekha amalawi azanga nkofunika ndibwin kumatokota game thn b4 it other wz uwil be much shameful after the result outcomes after over reactn….ine ndili palow nditokotako pa 7pano after 90 mimutes…..

  5. Koma selection is biased towards one region. So you should be attacking quarter system of secting students to public education institutions?

  6. How can u judge Gaba from another coach’s perspective and from training sessions? Yet usaid Kamwendo is not fit due to game tym. Training ndigame? Fuckin coach!!

  7. Coach aliyenxe amakhala nd skill yake let him do wat he know with his panel kma K.U.N.G.O.L.U.N.Z.A adha ndat kungolunza iweto upakira chaka tiwoneko zina kmanxo vto nd jersey mukamvale ya white oxat red shupit

  8. Mtawali, Mtawali, Mthawali, Team Yako Watengayi Ikakangoluza Usakayerekeze Kubwera Kuno Becoz It Seems Kuti You Dont Have Your Own First Eleven, Why Droping Chipuwa? Whats The Duties Of Swadick Sanudi & Your Self As A Coach? GABA Akakamenya Team Yakoyi Mkuluza Uli M’madzi, This Is Not Friendly Game Kuti Tiziti Ukuyesa Ma Players, Tatopa Mkumangoluza Ife Tsiku Lina Timafuna Dkiko Lathuli Tidzamwe Wa-#mkaka Ngati NEBA #ZAMBIA Ku Afcon, Nde Usatikweze BP Wamva? Demeti Lo!

  9. Kumusiya Chipuwa ndichibwana cha mchombo lende…..tiyeni ku TZ …mukapanda kuchita bho tione kuti muzanamila pati. Chipuwa asadandaule game imeneyi ndiyomwe anthu akuziwire kuti iweyo ndi dolo

  10. Apapa coach akuonetsa kulephera ntchito yake. bcoz ngt player ampeza ndi zofoka wayenera kukonza zimenezo nde ntchito yake imeneyo. Tsono akufuna odziwiratu? ngt ndichoncho ndibwino team ikhale opanda coach. waonetsa kulephera ntchito

    • ntchoto ya national team coach sikuphuzitsa player kusewera mpira kapena kugwira, nditchito yamakochi amu supa ligi, national team imafuna finished product. tchito ya national team coach ndikuwaphuzitsa ma players tactics

    • ntchoto ya national team coach sikuphuzitsa player kusewera mpira kapena kugwira, nditchito yamakochi amu supa ligi, national team imafuna finished product. tchito ya national team coach ndikuwaphuzitsa ma players tactics

    • ntchoto ya national team coach sikuphuzitsa player kusewera mpira kapena kugwira, nditchito yamakochi amu supa ligi, national team imafuna finished product. tchito ya national team coach ndikuwaphuzitsa ma players tactics

    • ntchoto ya national team coach sikuphuzitsa player kusewera mpira kapena kugwira, nditchito yamakochi amu supa ligi, national team imafuna finished product. tchito ya national team coach ndikuwaphuzitsa ma players tactics

    • ntchoto ya national team coach sikuphuzitsa player kusewera mpira kapena kugwira, nditchito yamakochi amu supa ligi, national team imafuna finished product. tchito ya national team coach ndikuwaphuzitsa ma players tactics

  11. What the coach must knw is that goalkeaper is nothing if the diffence is poor,look chealse goalkeeper Begvic is a gud goalkeeper but he is failing 2 preform becoz their diffence is not at their best. Limbikana Mzava is a fullback why coach play him as a centerback? All are the failier

  12. akuti amatenga ma players kutengera ndi perfomance ya ku team kwake ngati akumamenyamenya,,nanga uyu akuchoka ku injury yoopsa,,,ku team kwake wangoyamba training kumene,,,nthawi yoonseyi amapanga training ku reserv side,,,,,game sanaloweko,,,mwamutenga chifukwa chani?,,swini and F.Banda ku mozambique are playing regularly,,team yao ili mu top 5,,90 minutes onse awiri akumamaliza bwanji sali nawo mu squad imeneyi?,,,KAONGA plays for chibuto fc ku moozambique,,,,samamenya 90 minutes ,,,,most of the times amachokeranso panja mwinanso osamalowa ndipo team yake ili pa number 10 kumeneko koma ali mu squad ya flames,,kkkkkkkk,,Mtawali Mtawali Mtawali?,,how many times have I called u?,,,

  13. coach angovomereza kut ntchitoyi yamukulira! If he noticed sum weaknesses n d shot stopper y nt train hm?? Wats his job? Selecting players who hav bin trained by other coaches??? Fotseki

    • So u mean each and every game he shud be dropping and picking players the way he wishes? Does the word ‘consistency’ ever exist in your or your coach’s vocabulary? There is saying that goes: ‘being a great player doesn’t automatically make u a good coach’

    • Not that Robert K. Lundu, he is at the verge of trying players nde waona kuti chipuwa samuthandiza currently, mayb in future azamuitananso as he puts it to say he stl is a national team player

  14. monday coaches at it. it is ur zeal and emotional comments that spoil coaches. u want to tell the coach what and what not to do. if u know coaching, apply for the job than being perpetual complainants and grumblers.

  15. Dropping of Chipuwa is justifiable,ndi goalie wa Super League basi,and Gaba,the coach has goofed! Was it not the same coach who told us he dropped Kamwendo coz of lack of game time at his club?

  16. chipuwa more tym osadanda tmaziwa zaiwe umatha wakaka stady akhalir yomweo lero kuikapo uyu mawa pazakhar coach yekha hahaha malawi kuesa mwayi

  17. Mtawali akusiileni ntchito,ma Players amene asiyidwawo ndi amene amalephera kuwina magame m’mbuyomu.MTAWALI panga zako,a Malawi onse ngati sakusapota ine ndekha sindikusiya.Mwati walakwa kutenga Gaba,Ngalande,Brighton ndi Gabeya,koma kwa ine wachita bwino,enawo ndi otopa kale.A Malawi ndikufunilani ulendo wabwino Mulungu azakusogolereni paulendowu ndekha wakuMalawi kuno sapoti ndizakupasani enawa akukhala ngati ndi akunja koma ndi aMalawi.More Fire Flames ku Tanzania.

  18. So why did mtawali called chipuwa in camp while he was already aware of his weakness? Shud we conclude that mtawali always has already his first 11 before camp. On gaba he said i know how he plays (even without attending camp)

  19. Chipuwa? Nde bola wathu wamoyale Juma Chkwenga,dikilani akangokhazikika mpaka 2nd round chipuwa no mwayi winanso ku national team

  20. Coach ofoila ngati uyu sindinamuonepo ayi.. Basi ndizakwera Tanzania si izi zopusa akupanga coach apazi.. Ma coach aku malawi anazolowera kuluza that’s why man uyu akupanga zopusazi.. Go Tanzania Goooooooo. Achinye amalawi osaziwa mpirawa..

  21. Flames vs Tanzania on 07/10/2015 in Tanzania @ Benjamin Mukapa national stadium before a returning leg @ kamuzu stadium on 11/10/201g..the winner will play against Algeria before getting into preliminary round of World cup qualifiers

  22. sulepherana ndi swaziland penapake ndidala.Mumaziwa kt kusachita bwino kwa Flames kumatidwalisa litsipa.Ndiye mukamusiye dala panja ng,ambi,eeeee tizaziwa nanu chochita ndithu.

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