By Vincent Gunde
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The Minister, management and staff of the Ministry of Youth and Sports has congratulated the Malawi National Football Team, the Flames, for the good performance in the match against Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) group B, held in Cameroon on Tuesday night, .
The Ministry says the Flames demonstrated an extraordinary performance during the match saying the draw and the subsequent award of the best player scooped by Flames goalkeeper, Charles Thom were as result of tactical and splendid play on the part of the Flames.
In a statement of congratulating the Flames for a wonderful performance signed by the Secretary for Youth and Sports, Oliver Kumbambe, the Ministry says with the performance, “Malawians can confidently say that the future of football in Malawi is bright and Malawi stand a better chance at AFCON given the Flames’ current performance.
“We therefore encourage the Flames to continue working hard at AFCON knowing that all Malawians are rallying behind our National team with pride and patriotism,” reads part of the congratulatory message.
The Ministry says it will continue to monitor and provide all necessary support to the Flames in a bid to ensuring the development of football in Malawi.
Muvi wa Chilungamo pressure group Commander in Chief and Pioneer of Mindset Change project, Bantu Saunders Jumah, encouraged the Flames players to change their mental attitude saying everything is possible.
“Success is at their door step, the one who thinks can win, win, positive change with mindset change blanketing the whole Malawi, no more defeats, Malawi will win,” he said.
Jumah said Malawi has not won any of the competition, the whole country lost confidence and trust in supporting the Flames that it can bring positive results until the team changed its mental attitude to beat Zimbabwe and settled for a goal-less draw with Africa’s recognized champion, Senegal.
“Let us depart from the attitude of negativity to positivity, no nation, no people no citizen will change if there cannot be positive thinking,” reads Jumah’s words of encouragements to the Flames on the wall.
Substitute goalkeeper, Charles Thom who went to Cameroon with no name will come back home with a name as many football scouts will be looking for his signature to play as a professional player in a foreign country.
Thom managed to save the Flames several times through his incredible performance denying Senegal with a dozen of professional players based in Europe with no chance of scoring and it was no wonder that he was named and crown player of the match between Malawi and Senegal.