Malawi coach Kinnah Phiri tells Cafonline.com that they have not given up on their chances to qualify for the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations despite losing 2-0 to Ghana over the weekend. He said that his team is capable of overturning the results in the second leg.
Cafonline.com: How do you think your side did in this match?
Kinnah Phiri: The result does not discourage me. We have seen teams come from behind to win games. We are not disappointed at all as our performance has shown that we are capable of coming back.
Cafonline.com: What did you make of the Ghana team you faced today?
Kinnah Phiri: Ghana has a lot of star players most of whom are playing in Europe. We don’t have the luxury of foreign-based players, but I must say it was a good game from my players. The performance of my players is enough an encouragement that we can still do it at home.
Cafonline.com: Your team started very well but fail to take their chances. What accounted for that?
Kinnah Phiri: My boys played very well, kept the ball and were running throughout. They lacked experience in front of goal and it affected us. We lost mainly because of inexperience as the Ghanaians made the best of their experience.
Cafonline.com: How did the red card to James Sangala affect your game plan?
Kinnah Phiri: It did affect our play but we have equally good replacements for the second leg. We usually play clean football and this is our first red card in many matches. Also, we are likely to have Forster Namwera and John Banda for the return leg and it is good news for our team.
Cafonline.com: Do you believe you can turn it round in the second leg?
Kinnah Phiri: I think we still have a chance. We have not given up. We have always come down from a defeat in our backyard and managed to qualify. We will sweat blood to get the results we need. We will sit down and look at our shortcomings, work on them before the next game.