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June 2007

Hello again and let me just start this months up date by announcing the release of my first book, “A Year in the Championship” It is a collection of sessions that I did and saw during my time at Millwall FC.  The sessions are done in a unique way in that if your looking for a passing session then you go to that chapter and if you need a shooting session you look up that chapter so hopefully there are sessions for all coaches at all levels.

At the sharp end here in Malawi we have a tough old time of it with losses by the odd goal to two of Africa’s big teams.

As preparation for the African Cup of Nations qualifier against Morocco we had the Senegal team come to Malawi for a friendly International. A great opportunity for Malawians to see  a top team like Senegal come to Malawi but also a strong test prior to the game with Morocco. In fact Senegal stayed for about  ten days as they too were preparing for there trips to Tanzania and Mozambique respectfully. Needless to say they came with Kamara and co and did not come for a holiday as we soon found out. By half time it was 0-2 and well I think we showed them too much respect to begin with and they are such a smooth side passing the ball around so well , but a few harsh words and some substitutions tuned things around and we managed to get back on level terms only for Senegal to punish for a lapse in concentration and we finally lost 2-3. A good lesson for us all.

We then had to deal with a Moroccan side who only needed a point to qualify the following Saturday and well it was always going to be a tough game for us and it proved to be just that.

I had warned the lads that the Moroccans would look to get an early goal as they had done with Zimbabwe so they could then take some of the pressure off. Sure enough they got there early goal and though we controlled the game for long periods of time we could not deliver the killer pass or the goal we so desperately needed. We hit the underside of the bar had a shot cleared off the line and a clear case for a penalty turned down. The Moroccans looked a very good side however with a bit of luck I am sure we could have beaten them. But at the end of he day they are off to Ghana and while I wish them all the best I am disappointed I am not going with my Malawi team.

The boys battled hard but our lack of experience showed at times and we must now start building for the future, and try to bring on some of the younger players. It will be a tough job as I expected but not impossible.

Finally before closing a special thank you to all the Malawian supports who stop me in the streets to say well done,  keep going , it is very nice to know that people belive in what you are trying to do and I thank them all. The support at Kamuzu Stadium was fantastic and I hope we can in the future to give them all something to smile about.


(Thank you in Chechwa)

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